The How To of Writing

Famous writers will sometimes share the “How To” of writing. Authors-in-waiting, myself included, devour these hints as if they were pronounced from Olympus. It should be obvious some rules are common sense. The writer in question has developed others because they work for them. The late Elmore Leonard, one of the written word’s finest craftsmen, followed guidelines as…

Finding Your Style

I love to read—as an author and a fan. I devour biographies, history, humor, classics, mysteries, crime fiction, and military history. I confess to not reading much science fiction, poetry or horror, though I did enjoy one of Stephen King’s most recent novels. Although she did not begin writing until middle age, the well-known…

Editors

There is a biblical proverb reading, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing…” The same truth can be applied to editors. Finding a good editor is a blessing—every writer needs one. True, not all editors are created equal. But having worked with the same editor on all my books, including my latest novel—McFadden’s War—I readily admit she has made me a better writer.…

Starting a Novel

My latest book “McFadden’s War” started as a quote I had seen on a writing coach’s website: “Starting a novel is asking a question. What if ?” That question found its way to my brain’s back burner and simmered. I had earlier read a non-fiction book about America’s military scattered around the globe. Some of these isolated outposts were manned by Special…