Finding the Muse

Today Writing Wranglers and Warriors welcomes a new blogger,  David Ciambrone  Posted by Dave Ciambrone You will hear writers sometime say, “I can’t write right now, the muse hasn’t been with me.” They wait for the muse or the inspiration to hit in order to write. You can wait forever. Writers have also said that once … Continue reading Finding the Muse

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The Deep Dive

Today Writing Wranglers and Warriors welcomes a new blogger, Helen Currie Foster Posted by Helen Currie Foster I’m so used to the pressure of fast-moving fiction. “Does this scene advance the action?” “Should I pare down this description?” Now and then I’m reminded, though, of the need to take a dive. A deep, deep dive. … Continue reading The Deep Dive

I Love Research and Nolan Ryan!

Today Writing Wranglers and Warriors welcomes a new blogger, novelist K.P. Gresham  Posted by K.P. Gresham Writing for me is both a compulsion and an exploration.  I know, I know, they say "write what you know," but I'd add another clause on that. Write what you know and/or what you'd like to research. The best … Continue reading I Love Research and Nolan Ryan!

4-Sentence Review: A Broom of One’s Own

  Posted by M. K. Waller   A while back, I accepted a challenge to write a book review of  Nancy Peacock’s memoir A Broom of One’s Own in only four sentences. Starting well before the due date, I wrote the first sentence of the review over and over, and deleted it over and over. For a while I wrote the … Continue reading 4-Sentence Review: A Broom of One’s Own

What Editors Want

Posted by Keri De Deo In his book, On Writing, Stephen King talks about two different kinds of writing: writing with the door closed and writing with the door open. First, you write with the door closed. That means you write for yourself. After you’ve done that, you open the door and revise your writing … Continue reading What Editors Want

From Lone Star Lawless: “When Cheese Is Love”

Posted by M. K. Waller * In November, Austin Mystery Writers, my critique group, published its second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS. Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my story, "When Cheese Is Love." To set the scene: English teacher Tabitha Baynes has come to Fonda de Paz, the best Tex-Mex restaurant in Central … Continue reading From Lone Star Lawless: “When Cheese Is Love”

I Started Writing…

Today Writing Wranglers and Warriors welcomes a new blogger, novelist and consultant Keri De Deo.    Posted by Keri De Deo I started writing Nothing but a Song at the age of 14. I played violin and sang in the choir, and my mom, a musician and music teacher, told me about Ludwig van Beethoven, … Continue reading I Started Writing…

Wisdom and a Few Other Things I’ve Picked Up Along the Way

Yesterday a Facebook friend, the kind I've known all my life, posted about bits of wisdom she's picked up over the years from ministers, school administrators, her parents, and others, such as to watch out for "clever devils," not to buy cheap foreign goods that will "crack up" when you get them home, and "not … Continue reading Wisdom and a Few Other Things I’ve Picked Up Along the Way

My Life: Humdrum but Useful

 This post is by M. K. Waller Where do writers get their ideas? More to the point, where do I get my ideas? When I blog, most of them are drawn from my life--things I've done, seen, heard, read about, or been told by trusted sources. It may take a while to choose one from … Continue reading My Life: Humdrum but Useful

Bad Men, Lawless, and BSP

 Posted by M. K. Waller I turned on my Kindle today to find Laura Oles' Daughters of Bad Men, had appeared in its library, overnight, as if by magic. That's a perk of pre-ordering. Laura is one of my critique partners in Austin Mystery Writers, and Daughters of Bad Men is her first novel. I've been in … Continue reading Bad Men, Lawless, and BSP