Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing

The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Hello again, Readers and Writers! My 2020-2021 school year, also known as "Teaching in Covid-World: Take Two" is all wrapped up. Summer break has started, and in good Pacific Northwest fashion it's been drizzling fitfully and will probably continue to do so until July 5th. Ah well. Who needs sunshine?… Continue reading The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

There are plenty of things to poke fun at in Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I love the state of my birth- even after years away, it still feels like home. But just as it's easy to give a beloved family member a hard time for his quirks, it's easy to laugh at the little… Continue reading What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Querying, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Writing the (Gulp!) Love Scene

I do not come from an emotive people. I’m a Midwesterner by birth. The joke goes that there are three standard responses in our conversations. #1: “That’s not too bad.” This is suitable for any event from neutral to amazingly super awesome. #2: “That’s not too good.” This choice works for anything from a minor… Continue reading Writing the (Gulp!) Love Scene

Deepest Fears, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

What If My Writing Stinks, and I Don’t Know It?

“I was given a manuscript to read, but it was so bad I sent it back/deleted it immediately.” “A friend asked me to read their writing. I tried, but I couldn’t think of anything nice to say, so I just gave it back and said I didn’t have the time.” “I wrote my first novel… Continue reading What If My Writing Stinks, and I Don’t Know It?

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

There are plenty of things to poke fun at in Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I love the state of my birth- even after years away, it still feels like home. But just as it's easy to give a beloved family member a hard time for his quirks, it's easy to laugh at the little… Continue reading What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

Deepest Fears, Uncategorized

Writing the (Gulp!) Love Scene

I do not come from an emotive people. I’m a Midwesterner by birth. The joke goes that there are three standard responses in our conversations. #1: “That’s not too bad.” This is suitable for any event from neutral to amazingly super awesome. #2: “That’s not too good.” This choice works for anything from a minor… Continue reading Writing the (Gulp!) Love Scene

Deepest Fears, Uncategorized

Deepest Fears #1: What If My Writing Stinks? (And I Don’t Know It.)

“I was given a manuscript to read, but it was so bad I sent it back/deleted it immediately.” “A friend asked me to read their writing. I tried, but I couldn’t think of anything nice to say, so I just gave it back and said I didn’t have the time.” “I wrote my first novel… Continue reading Deepest Fears #1: What If My Writing Stinks? (And I Don’t Know It.)