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I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time picking and choosing

and picking and choosing.


You’ve got a flow going. The inciting incident is spot on and the pacing is running at a good clip. But that one character?

There is something you like about her otherwise you would have thrown her out a long time ago. But as you read through your manuscript with an objective eye, you notice she might as well be a fly on the wall without eyes. She’s already got a motivation towards her purpose but something’s missing.

Here are a few ideas:

  • What is she afraid of?
  • What flaws does she have?
  • Shape her background/history so we better understand what made her “tick” to life in the first place.
  • Show her personality through her actions and creative dialogue.
  • Give her some interests other than star gazing.
  • What are the quirky qualities that make her memorable?
  • Is she a relatable character that holds common ground with the human reader?
  • How does she handle struggle and crisis? (Shrugs don’t count)
  • Make your reader fight for your character’s right to be in the book! (Or, make your character fight to remain)

Keep your characters alive!

Here’s a link for more on the topic.

Authors love new readers

Reading about the 1920s

All are welcome.

Agility not required.

(Thank you, Pixabay, for the free cute monkey image. I made him pay for the book)

The Bees knees

Should we to go back a hundred years to the 1920s instead of our current and challenging 2020? If you see more photos posted from that era, you’ll know where my head is. My editor just informed me she will have my manuscript ready next week. So excited, but still a long way to go.

The longest drumroll

… waiting to see it in print.

(and fun with photoshop)

Nameless :(

When you long to be creative

but the words won’t flow to screen

your hands are Nervous Nellies

’cause they’re passed down through your genes

Just grab ahold of paper, glue

and make yourself a trophy

then mount it to a waiting wall

(but just don’t look to closely)

Name suggestions are appreciated!

Through our looking glasses

Amazing, the human brain.

Our eyes might be reading words

but our minds conjure vivid pictures.

Here’s to the books that pull us away from reality, plunk us into worlds and places we’ve never been, introduce us to people we’ve never met, and allow us to witness events we’ve never experienced.

Beat your drum slowly

Pastel on paper ©Carolyn Dennis-Willingham


Does everything change?

Love grows broader or thinner.

Hope blossoms or wains.

Despair peaks or evaporates.

Fear paralyzes or fades.

Does everything change?

No need to hurry.

Even change itself shifts its pace

But nuggets of moments tucked neatly,

a pocket filled of treasures preserved,