12 Mary Shelley Quotes for Writers

Known mostly by mainstream audiences for Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) & being the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelly, Mary Shelley was an incredible writer (Frankenstein, duh) whose gothic influence is still seen in current works. She was a badass in an era that didn't appreciate badassery in its women & she kept on being … Continue reading 12 Mary Shelley Quotes for Writers

Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side

A number of years ago, I attended a book reading/signing hosted by Z. Brewer. As he shared stories of a youth spent bullied for being different (Z was born Heather and would announce a year or so after this he is trans), he said something that really resonated with me. "Own your weird." Both as … Continue reading Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side

14 Neil Gaiman Quotes for Writers

(Swoon) Like a lot of folks, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers for a number of reasons. His work on Sandman was incredible, his Batman story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" is one of the best stories ever written about the Dark Knight, and Good Omens is still one of my favorite … Continue reading 14 Neil Gaiman Quotes for Writers

How 5 Great Writers Started Their First Books

I'm writing a book. It kinda sucks. The writing part, not the book. Well, probably the book, too. I started one, got a reasonable way into it & then realized that it wasn't my story to tell, so I'm working on re-doing it. I'm working on another book that I feel has promise, but man, … Continue reading How 5 Great Writers Started Their First Books

Gaslighting and Writing Villains Who Make Your Spine Tingle

Over the last couple years, America has learned in great detail what gaslighting is & how effective it can be. I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest & have been a subscriber for years. This particular article from WD talks about the psychology of villains & how to use them & gaslighting effectively in your … Continue reading Gaslighting and Writing Villains Who Make Your Spine Tingle

14 Vintage Writing Tips

Ever wonder how similar or how far apart we are from writers of different generations? Ponder no more! Writer's Digest provided this delightful list of 14 different tips provided by editors of the magazine going back to the early 20th century. Grab your favorite fountain pen, find some quality paper, enjoy the words and then … Continue reading 14 Vintage Writing Tips

For the Love of Libraries

I just read an article in Writer’s Digest with four successful writers describing how libraries played a central part in their lives. It made me think about my library growing up in Bowling Green, Mo. Janet Fitch said something that resonated with me. She said she used to ride public transport to the library when … Continue reading For the Love of Libraries