Sunday, October 9, 2016

Spooky Alert!

Hey all, it's October that spooky time of year again when we enjoy reading about spooks in the night, and we sometimes enjoy a chilly, dark fright! Below is an awesome book of children's poetry that is sure to raise a few Goosebumps. And yes, the pun was intended. Be sure to read pages 9 and 34 which showcase two poems that I contributed.

Warning-Reader beware- this book is may send a shiver up your spine!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fleeting First Pages

Working on first pages today. You know, those difficult, nearly impossible ones that you hate to begin because you don't know what to begin with? Well, I did a little researching first and came up with a few things to share with my readers. These elements are supposed to make the pages work better-be more co-hesive, if you will.

Turns out, we need to add several things right off the bat that will not only entice the reader and make them want to read on, but will also set the tone for the book and invite reader empathy which will in turn keep them reading. I know that was a lot to swallow!

Anyway, just to pass it along for your convenience, here are a few of those rare elements that will or will not set the stage and get you going on your first pages :)

  • Setting: Set the stage before dropping your characters inside. You don't have to go into a great deal of description, only enough to ground the reader.
  • Characterization: Don't be overly descriptive, use only enough to get the reader acquainted with your main character or characters. You can add more details later, sprinkled lovingly throughout chapters. And please don't forget to include the five senses and emotions.
  • Goals: It is so important that your MC wants or needs something and that there is something in their way, keeping them from reaching their goal. This adds tension to the plot. And this will keep the reader invested in your story.
  • Stakes: What will happen if your MC doesn't get what they need or want? This is what's at stake. This makes tension. This will be what drives your book!
  • Tone: Let us feel what the characters feel. Put us in the story by setting the tone; creepy, mysterious or humorous.
  • Voice: Voice is everything. It can be the dynamite that makes your book explode to bestseller status. Find your voice by reading and writing.
As always, I hope this helps you with your first pages.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sweet Little Secrets

I've been really busy here writing, writing, writing and loving it!

I would like to present another nonfiction publication Sweet Little Secrets: The Ultimate Writing Journal.

This is a journal  for the serious writer. This journal is only one of the many writing tools necessary to stay inspired and motivated. This journal/notebook is intended to boost a writer's imagination with the very special spark of inspiration. And it will hopefully keep the inspired writer on the right track by safeguarding their most precious commodity-their ideas!
Available now on Amazon.

If you like this journal, please leave a review. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hot Off the Press

          I am super excited here!!! First, my new book became available at the Kindle Store, and then it received its first review.  I just read my first review and wanted to share:

By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2016
"Where was this when I first started writing? Jammed pack with amazing information and inspirational bites! Thank you, Sue for all the great tips. I will reference often!"

Sunday, August 14, 2016

#1 Cover Reveal

   Super, super excitement here!!!
I've been working on a new book, something very special to me.
Something that I want to share with other writer's.
Something every writer can use to their best advantage.
And now, without anymore hype, I'm happy to announce the cover reveal for my brand new e-book SUPERCHARGED.
This book is packed full of writing advice, tips and super bonus's that are sure to keep you  focused and inspired.
Spoiler alert!
SUPERCHARGED is expected to hit Amazon the weekend of August 19th!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Location sets the stage for a story. Location sets the tone and mood of a story. Location changes a generic, overdone plot to a new exciting adventure--a new original story as it were. Location sometimes becomes a character in itself.
Once you figure out the very best location for your particular plot, drop your main character onto the stage and watch them go! But first, make sure you choose the PERFECT setting. You want your MC to suffer during his journey, you want him to struggle through several (three at least) trails and failures. So set the stage for what you intend to happen. If your story is meant to be sad, bring on the rain make it a dreary, wet world. If the sun is shining you had better have a happy go-lucky main character to follow around.
As the author, you must be prepared to guide your character along the path, to nudge them toward shortcuts (to lose their way) and drop them on their heads into unexpected pitfalls (to watch their reactions). It's all about location, location, location. Oh, sorry . . . did I draw attention to location?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Story Structure and Character Arc 101 by Jennifer Blanchard


Hey, fellow authors, this is an awesome video by Jennifer Blanchard. If you like the video consider taking her latest class, I signed up for the class and can't wait to get started. Better hurry though--it starts Monday.  Enjoy!