“Filter words” are sneaky words and phrases that drain the energy from your sentences, dull the tension in your scenes, and slow down your pacing by “filtering” the action through the thoughts or senses of your character. See examples of what I mean in my article on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog here: “Filter […]
What’s better than an old cowboy telling stories? Two old cowboys egging each other on! In October, I was in Oklahoma City to speak at the Women Writing the West conference. One of the best parts of the WWW conferences is the field trips they include, usually to museums or art galleries that dive into […]
It’s the time for happy holidays and merry everything! Got a writer on your gift-giving list this year? Hop over to my blog post on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s blog this month for a giant list of gifts any writer would love to receive, and you’ll win at gift-giving this holiday season! Click here: […]
An island of fossilized coral sits surrounded by Caribbean waters about 50 miles off the Venezuelan coast. This island is home to 1,100 wild donkeys, 15,000-20,000 pink flamingoes, and 30,000 wild goats. And only 20,000 people. What this not-so-typical Caribbean island, Bonaire, lacks in glitzy nightlife and casinos, it makes up for with some of […]
As you’re developing characters in your stories, have you considered how those characters feel about expressing gratitude to another being? Do they say “thank you” freely, or do they view saying thanks as an obligation or a debt to be paid? Expressing thanks can take on strong meanings for your characters whether you’re writing a […]
Love ghost stories? Why not try your hand at writing one? On the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog this month, I’ve posted 10 prompts for writing your own ghost story. If you’re brave enough, manifest yourself over there (“10 Prompts for Writing Ghost Stories”) and conjure up a frightfully good story!