I want to share another excerpt from my book, Polish and Publish. It's about whether or not you have the temperament—and interests—to be a writer. How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve always wanted to write?” Maybe you’ve said it yourself. An estimated 80 million Americans want to write … [Read more...] about Are You Cut Out to be a Writer?
Most writing fails to get published because of one main reason: The quality of the writing is weak. It’s flat, predictable, and uninteresting. It lacks depth and vitality. It doesn't grab the reader's attention quickly. Or it might be that the story, characters, language, or settings don't show … [Read more...] about Reasons Writing Gets Rejected
While my mother was failing in her later years, she indicated that she wanted me to find some money she had hidden her house. I use the word "indicate" because Mom's stroke had rendered her unable to speak. My siblings and I needed the cash, since Mom was too ill to sign checks to cover her care or … [Read more...] about My Mother’s Money, a Memoir of Suspense
When I started this blog I promised to share some of the few works I've submitted for publication that were rejected—and explain why I think the work wasn't accepted. So, it is with a certain amount of embarrassment that I'm fulfilling that promise here. Before I submitted an essay to More … [Read more...] about Rejected Writing