Listen with a writer’s ear

The other day some friends and I were discussing people who are “not all there.” People who react to life’s events with no concept of reality or consequences. We talked about people who lack any vestige of common sense, and about dinner guests who have absolutely no idea what common courtesy means. What does this have to do with writing? Glad you asked. As I listened to my friends giving examples of some of these annoying people in their lives, I realized I was listening with a writer’s ear. Every example they gave has now been filed into my “potential … Read more

Finite to Fail but Infinite to Venture – Dickenson

Let’s talk about one of the (many) skeletons in the closet for writers. How many of you have experienced people who look down their noses at what we do as though we’re not really accomplishing anything productive when we’re sitting in front of our computer or typewriter? Just yesterday, as I put the finishing touches on around 1500 and 2000 words of my latest novel, a friend stopped by and asked if I wanted to have our bi-monthly session of wine, popcorn and NCIS. The sun still shone brightly in the sky and he said, “Maybe we should wait until … Read more

Don’t Sweat the Reviews. I Don’t

I thought today I’d like to talk to you about reviews and how all the great reviews you receive can be negated by one idiot who thinks they’re the god of all things written. And how that really shouldn’t happen if you intend to make writing a lifelong joy. First, though, I’d like to give a little history about how my handling of reviews has evolved. When I began self-publishing, I think I must have checked Amazon at least ten times a day to see if anyone had left a review. When one popped up, I read it with trepidation. … Read more

You Got This

I’ve tried quite a few “hacks” over the years in an effort to develop some kind of habit with my writing. One of those has been to set goals to write 3,000, 2,000, 1,000 words/day, every day. When I first started out it was fairly easy for me to meet those goals. I’d sit myself down in a chair, usually at one of the local coffee shops down the street, and I’d write for two or three hours at a time until I’d reached the word count I’d set for the day. That worked because I was able to slot … Read more

Glad you could make it!

First, thanks for tuning in to the Pro Writers Writing blog. All of us here are excited to have a place where writers from all walks of life come together to talk about…well…writing. I know I’m looking forward to reading what both the regular and part time contributors have to say and I’ll bet you are as well. Since this is my first post, I’d like you to know that I’m extremely interested in what you, the reader, would like me to talk about. Feel free to leave comments below listing the topics you’d like to see covered in my … Read more