Can you hustle?

Growing up, I heard that question a lot. There were those that hustled to make ends meet; those that hustled to get by in life; and, then there were those that hustled as a sport. They were the ones that chased their dreams with ferociousness like no other. They weren’t just hungry for it, they were starving. Now by hustling, I’m not referring to swindling or fraudulent activities. I am referring to the vigor that one has in order to make something happen; therefore, a hustler is one that is like a rooster with his tail always stuck up in the air; always busy; always on the move in pursuit of their goal. “If you are determined to succeed, you will do whatever it takes” When I was 18, I had a

When TV Stirs My Creativity

As a crime writer, I’ve been influenced by TV shows that use intricate plots and settings to show the ups and downs of being human in a less-than-perfect world. The following are my top five: As Time Goes By (1992-2005) was a BBC-produced romantic comedy of manners about Lionel and Jean, who were lovers in their youth only to be separated due to a communication failure (communication issues dog every relationship, don’t they?). But they meet up again thirty eight years later and resume their relationship, in fits and starts. As Time Goes By portrayed well-drawn characters in relationships that were very real. The humor was natural and not manufactured. Lionel and Jean loved each other, despi

Illustrate Your Novel?

Who doesn't love the illustrations in a book? Unfortunately, few adult books, fiction or nonfiction, contain llustrations. While nonfiction books might have a section or two with photographs, illustrations in adult fiction are seldom seen. A map, perhaps, a genealogy chart--that's the most readers can hope for, considering the cost. But there's another way to illustrate your novel: use Pinterest. Set up a Pinterest page for each of your novels, using your own photos along with ones culled from the Internet to illustrate your story. Think about how you visualize your setting: woodlands? seaside? city streets? Historical novels and futuristic ones are particularly fun to illustrate. What do yo

Join a Writing Group!

I’ve always been a big believer in writers joining writer's groups. I know, it's a basic idea, but I promise it can be very powerful. There’s a lot to be said for hanging around folks who do what you do. Let’s face it, non-writers do not always understand the demands of a writer’s life. Writers (published and pre-published) “get” a writer’s struggles. They can support your dreams and be a great source of inspiration and knowledge. A local chapter meeting or a national conference can be the chance to discuss your story, hone the craft of writing, or hear updates on the publishing industry. I can trace back many of my career successes to a writing group. I met my critique partners at a l

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