Joy in Solitude

A friend of mine, Abbie Reese, is finishing a portion of a nearly decade-long project with some cloistered nuns who live in Rockford, Illinois, a small industrial city in America’s heartland. She’s already created an art exhibit featuring photos accompanied by audio of the nuns commentary. Her book, Dedicated to God, was published by OxfordContinue reading “Joy in Solitude”

Not so lonely

Combating loneliness can be difficult. One Japanese woman fights it by populating her village with dolls. What else might such a character do? What other quirks might a lonely character develop? Creepy might not be the best word to describe the woman’s pastime — but it does make an attention grabbing headline. But you couldContinue reading “Not so lonely”

Me first

Are you modest? Self-effacing? Even shy? But you really need a character who’s blustery? Bigger than life? Here are some traits to think about incorporating into that baddie. One Simple Question Can Determine If You’re A Narcissist

Must-have publishing assistance

Making the choice to go indie doesn’t mean going it entirely alone in publishing. Writers I know have opted to share what they’ve learned from publishing their books — both  traditionally and independently — by becoming publishers themselves. Consider this alternative from The Militant Writer: hire an editor and a publicist. Book Publicist Wanted: ButContinue reading “Must-have publishing assistance”