Books that have made a difference               August 2019
                                                to the way I write. 
Craft books by Orson Scott Card
Craft books in the ‘Elements of Fiction Writing Series’
(This series contains craft books on all aspects of writing.)
Self-editing for fiction writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Techniques of the selling writer by Dwight V. Swain
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puclisi
       (Also their books on settings both rural and urban)
The Writing Active Settings series by Mary Buckham
               (She also has a series on hooks)
Eats shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss
                  Rivet your  Reader with Deep Point of View by Jill Elisabeth Nelson                       
And last, but not least
The Chicago Manuel of Style

                                                      The Fiction Writer                                           May 2019

I believe the role of a fiction writer is to explore the human and the social issues of the day.


To do so in a way that allows and encourages readers to consider ideas they might not otherwise have considered.


To question the roles and beliefs they hold as truths.


To allow readers to see though the eyes of others.

To open minds to the possibilities that other opinions and beliefs and ways of life are of equal value to their own.


I believe Fantasy and Science fiction are the best vehicles for achieving these goals.

                                                               Forgiving                                              April 2019


  To forgive is not to forget.


Nor does it mean to absolve someone from a crime, or wrongdoing.


To forgive is to allow one’s self permission to move on and live life despite a wrong done to you.


Forgiveness does not mean forgetting.


Just because I forgive you, does not mean I need to subject myself to the same behaviour/actions again.


Forgiveness means that I chose not to be affected by you.


Forgiveness means


I have moved on.

                                                                     On Writing                                        March 2019                                            



When I was a child, my teachers told me that my stories were good, but my spelling and punctuation were bad and, therefore, I could not be a writer. That was a lie, but the child (me) believed it.


The truth is, you can learn those things. 


There are two primary aspects to writing: the craft and the art. 

I define the craft part as having the tools and the knowledge of how those tools work. Tools such as

  • grammar

  • punctuation

  • dialogue and dialogue tags

  • show, don’t tell

  • active voice 

  • settings 

  • scenes and structure 

  • character building

  • conflicts 

  • POV

       and at least a dozen more.

I define the art of writing as using the craft/tools available to create a piece of work that shines, that evokes the desired responses from the readers, or creates pictures in the readers' mind that makes them want to turn the pages.

Painters have paintbrushes of varying shapes and forms to create different results on the canvas.


Writers have words.

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