Are you stuck in a writing rut or a life rut? Do you need to recharge your creativity? Here are some ways to jar you out of the mundane... 1. Exercise. Take a long walk, dance, run, or stretch. It gets the blood flowing and the endorphins flying. 2. Try another creative project like cooking, baking, painting, crafting, gardening, or sewing. It causes you to think differently. 3. Find some writing prompts and write for 10-15 minutes a day. There are a lot of books and free onl
As I finished writing a short story, an overwhelming mire filled the landscape of my pages. Every paragraph I reviewed appeared as boggy ground, fraught with error. My anxiety grew and the mire deepened before I extricated myself from my own morass of words by practicing one of writing’s golden rules – back away – or in the case of this swamp, lie flat to distribute your weight and inch toward security. The lying flat aspect convinced me to “sleep on it” and deal with story r
I wonder about the state of the world. Maybe things have always been so, but through the rise of social media, news from afar is as close as our hand-held devices. And these devices and websites are now the target for hackers to use as their code-abled fingers allow. They can approach through false social media friendships, attempt to gain access to your data, and in the blink of an eye dash your website dreams. Owning and operating a website, especially self-hosted comes wi
Readers often ask me how I come up with my ideas—since I’m a crime writer, they mean ideas about murder. On the page, of course. On a recent Baltic Sea cruise, my husband Glen and I enjoyed beautiful scenery and got crash courses in local history—all while I gathered writing ideas. My fellow tourists inspired many of my murderous ideas—while most tourists are well-behaved and polite, many are, well, not. The cruise started in Copenhagen and took us to the port cities of Rosto
You loved the book. You're excited about the author. What can you do to connect with her? To show your enthusiasm? To encourage her to write another? Here are the Top Ten ways you can show your support. 10. Go to her website to find her email address and send a note telling her what you liked about the book and what it meant to you. Make suggestions for future stories. 9. Sign up for her newsletter—most serious authors send out short newsletters every quarter or every month.