My writing life…or the Word and I

Welcome to an experienced professional and still frustrated writer’s perfect venue for expression.   Living half way between Hope (Idaho) and Paradise (Montana) after 25 exciting years in La-la-land, I’ve discovered the freedom of writing what I want, when I want, and for no other reason than the process of putting words down on a… Read More

Bad Agent is Always Worse than No Agent

Marty Shapiro, of Shapiro Lichtman Agency, Los Angeles California told me exactly that when he wanted to represent me in television and film writing. Believe me, he ought to know ☺ In writing for television or film, an agent is a necessary evil: because he or she validates the quality of your work, and can… Read More


Never, never, never pay anyone to read anything you write in any form. PLUS a bonus just for you! Change nothing in your ms (manuscript) unless: You sincerely believe (notice I did NOT say think) it’s an improvement, you must BELIEVE it improves your work. The person making the suggestion has a dripping fountain pen… Read More

Sit down, Strap in, and Shut up!

By way of introduction, this blog is my blog and I’m loving every minute of it!   To be successful writing anything requires an ego, a willingness to share (and not in the nicest of ways), and the ability to shout “Incoming!” while ducking rejection slips* delivered by email, snail mail, or robo calls from… Read More

E-book or book-book or both books

You’ve finished The Great American Novel, or How to Survive Climate Change, or More than anyone wants to know about ME! And you seek a film deal, right? Sorry, I got ahead of myself. You’re exploring your publishing options. 1)The really good news is the blossoming E-book markets allowing anyone with something to say a… Read More

Courses = Cost = Accountability

“How to” courses have their place in every marketplace. The acceptable formats for submissions of articles, manuscripts, proposals, plays, screenplays are available in books, classes, videos, and courses. Take your work and yourself seriously, so take the strain, and submit your work in the appropriate format. Learning the format takes some time, effort, and energy.… Read More

Inspiration, Perspiration, or Priority?

There are as many reasons to put down a project as there are to complete them.   When you want to finish a project, you finish it.   Priority is one of my favorite words. When your project is a priority, it completes itself.   There are three steps to every writing project: Inspiration: Aha!,… Read More

Thou Shalt Not…

Take all the creativity out of writing personally or professionally. If you are a technical writer, journalist, historian, essayist then accuracy, integrity, and attention to specific detail is part of the task. (Please note the absence of the word “job”.) The “work”, “task”, “assignment” refers to the challenge when a writer faces a blank page.… Read More

Writers Block Be Gone!

Writer’s Block: Don’t name it, Reframe it! Instead of thinking of yourself facing a blank beige wall, unable to move forward, step back, or side to side, think of yourself taking elements of the writing project as if they are blocks, building blocks. The next time you face a blank page, think beyond the white… Read More