J.K. Rowling’s Writing Advice

I read through this and nodded as I ticked off her points. They weren’t filled with A-HA moments, but her way of introducing them are memorable. Let me know what you think after you read them.



The Beat Sheet

I came across this set up for writing a story.  Whether you’re writing a screenplay, short story or a novel, this is basic.  Check your story against this formula and make adjustments.


via The Beat Sheet

100 Day Book

Can you write a book in 100 days? If you’ve ever heard of National Write a Novel in a Month, then you know it’s possible to do it, or at least start it in 30 days. It starts every November.

I’ve taken the challenge 3 times and succeeded 2. My first published novel began in the challenge. I was driven. The story poured out of me. 50 thousand words in one month. Then I had foot surgery the day after Christmas and wrote another 50k that month. It was done. Well, the first draft was done.

I joined “the Write Practice” on line and posted my crime novel by chapter. I received great feedback and it’s been accepted by a publisher.

This site also has a 100 Day Book challenge. With a guarantee. If you finish the book they pay you $100.00. Now that doesn’t cover the $69.00 a month while you work it. It is a nice reward for something you wanted to do anyway.

There are benefits. There’s accountability, and lessons on crafting your writing. You get feed back from fellow writers. For what it’s worth most are in the same boat as you are. I’m told there are editors who read and critique your posts.

Wish me well as I begin this journey in a few weeks, mid October to be exact.

I hope to have the new book published in a few months. Depending on any editing requirements.

Silent River’s Sister book

If you’ve been reading my posts you’ll remember I talked about “Jeb”. His first draft is finished and he gave me the privilege of reading it.

What an amazing story he’s put together. I can’t wait until he’s worked out some of the kinks and fine tuned it.

It has all the facts and drama. Well, to a point. I have the drama in my part.

I can’t reveal anything in it, but if you know the real story of the Martin family who went missing in 1958. You have the basics.

What goes into writing a story like this? Time and Money! Research, research and knocking on doors. He’s done that with diligence.

I started my research before the internet. I lost the drive for it after I moved here and got stonewalled by Ann Sullivan and Margie Boule who wanted all my research while refusing to give anything they had. We reached a stalemate.

Now that I have a partner in this crime story and my family kept pushing me to write it, I did it.

I still have editing to do and I’m meeting “Jeb” for a consultation. I may have more to add.

I’m still working on getting a publisher for both Silent River and The Vanishing of Katherine Sullivan.

I’m hoping for good news in the coming months.

Navigating Publishers


I’m in the process of trying to find a publisher. Either to help me self-publish or go the traditional route and find a publisher that will take my offering and turn it into a best seller. Well, isn’t that everyone’s goal?

This has been an exhausting process. What do I do? Where do I go? When your funds to pay for services the indi-publishers want, what do you do?  Like most people who self-publish, you do the best you can and publish what you have then promote it to everyone you know and they know.

If you are in this situation, I just came across this article I think is worth reading, print it out and read it again.


I hope this helps any of you joining me and the millions of other writers looking to get their work noticed in this ocean of books.