Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Now Offering Freelance Editing

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am currently taking clients for manuscript editing. I have 2 slots left, but you CAN put your name on a waiting list. I will contact those on the waiting list as availability presents itself.

You can head over to my editing services site for more information.

Sending good writing vibes your way today,


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chapter Anatomy

What's in a chapter? Is there a specific structure to follow? I suppose most writing advice is just THAT. Advice...based on someone else's experience. But Scenes and Sequels? You'd have a hard time ever convincing me that a good book that keeps me flipping pages can happen WITHOUT Scenes and Sequels. Les Edgerton says..."Once you know how to construct scenes and their sequels, you've mastered stories." (click his name to read his post on S&S)

So what are scenes and sequels? Well...I've done posts on this blog before, complete with graphics that show the elements. I highly recommend taking a look through the posts linked there. And last week, I realized my CP Misty Waters aka M. D. Waters, had done a series of posts on Chapter Anatomy. So I'm linking to those posts today. If you need clarification on scenes and sequels, her posts should help.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Latest News: Posting Returns and Writerly News Page Updated for 2013

Hi guys :) It's been a while. Just dropping in today to let everyone know that posts will pick back up on The Writer's Resource beginning next week. AND...The Writerly News Page on this blog has been updated for 2013. If you know of or are attending any conferences, workshops, conventions or book fests this year and would like to see them added to the list, please leave a note in comments and I will add the listing.

Thanks Everyone!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Scene/Sequel Checklist

I know I said I wasn't posting content, but in my revisions process I needed a scene/sequel checklist to help keep track of things. I thought I'd share it in case any of you could use it too. I'm a list person ;) If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. Just click the link below to download it from Scribd.

Scene/Sequel Checklist

Monday, September 24, 2012


Welcome to the Writer's Resource. I hope you'll find the links listed on this site as valuable as I have. Though  I'm not currently adding content, (I'm writing a book), I know the posts listed here can help you on your writing journey and introduce you to some of the best blogs and websites for writers.

Best of Luck and Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Plotting A Romance Novel

So! It's been a while! I apologize for the absence, but writing a novel is time consuming :) Now that I'm in revisions, I will get back to posting at least once a week for my awesome readers. I decided to mark my return with plotting romance since the book I am working on falls in that genre. And let me just say...whoever said romance was formulaic and easy to write obviously never did it. Emotional change and conflict are difficult things to capture, especially when another plot line is involved, as it usually is in romance. Yes, the romance is the key plot, but there is always another plot line or two that provide us with the circumstances to allow our characters to fall in love. But it's not just an easy dive. There is always struggle in romance and emotional motivations for that struggle are important. So...if you are taking on Romance, read through these links. I assure they will help with plotting!!

Plotting the Romance Novel by Andi Ward and June Drexler : "Romances are so easy to write," the saying goes. "Boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy seduces girl, end of story. How hard can that be to come up with?"
Well, if that were all there was to the standard romance story, not hard at all. But, like any genre, or writing in general, nothing's as easy as it looks. Published authors have the subtleties down so well, it looks as easy as learning to dance from watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers movies, or performing gymnastics from watching the Olympics. However, when an author sits down and dissects a modern romance genre, and discovers how it's built, the complexity often surprises them. I know it did me when I first studied the genre a decade ago. READ MORE

In a romance novel, the romance, or the developing of a committed relationship, is the primary plot. In other words, it's about the emotional journey of the characters from strangers or friends/enemies to lovers and to a committed partnership. All other elements of the story -- suspense, mystery, opening a restaurant, for instance -- are secondary. Their primary function is to provide situations for the romance to develop. In other words, the activity of the story is the catalyst/conduit for the developing relationship. READ MORE

Do All Roads Lead to Plot Mapping? by Romance University featuring Tracy Montoya : Good morning and welcome to Crafting Your Career.  I used to think keeping track of my plot ideas was like trying on bathing suits.  I would  just have to keep going until I found something that worked.  I’ve tried outlining, scene charts, character charts, goal-motivation-conflict charts, you name it.  I finally came up with a combination of things that helps me keep my story focused (most of the time!), and Harlequin Intrigue author Tracy Montoya had a hand in it. 
Several years ago I took an online plotting class from Tracy, and it changed the way I approach plotting.  I could go on and on about this, but I’m going to let Tracy do the talking here!  I hope you all find mapping as helpful as I do. READ MORE
Emotionally Speaking: Romance Fiction in the Twenty First Century by Jennifer Crusie : Romance fiction is the most popular, elastic, exciting, and creative genre in publishing today, but it’s also the hardest kind of fiction to write. All you have to do is convince the modern, jaded, ironic reader that your heroine and hero have not only fallen in love and surmounted all the barriers in their path, but that their love is unconditional and will last throughout time. You must, in short, give your reader not only good narrative, but also great emotional satisfactio. If you’re up to the challenge, there are three things you’ll need to know. READ MORE

Thursday, January 12, 2012