Wash Away Writer’s Block

Posted by Cheri on May 14, 2016 in About writing |

Struggling with plot or characters? Whiskeyriversoap.com has a solution for you. It also comes in a candle, so you can soak in the tub, light a few candles, and contemplate how the New York Literary Establishment conspires to keep courageous indie authors down. Whiskey River has a full line of hilariously-titled soaps and candles for […]


Franken-novels and Other Writing Group Problems

Posted by Cheri on December 12, 2015 in About writing |

Get out your pitchforks and torches because Franken-novel is coming for us all! If you don’t know what a Franken-novel is or how one is created, you need to get over to writer Kristen Lamb’s website and read her post on writing groups. It’s painful, because sometimes Truth is Pain.

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How to Annoy an Agent

Posted by Cheri on August 17, 2015 in About writing |

Agents are the world’s most optimistic people. No matter that the last ten manuscripts they read (the first paragraphs, anyway) were stunningly bad, they keep hoping that the next manuscript will be The One. So unpublished writers really DO have a chance to impress them. They WANT you to impress them. They stay up nights […]


Improve your writing and go to jail.

Posted by Cheri on August 13, 2015 in About writing |

The great Shirley Jackson gave fascinating lectures on writing, and specifically how she worked. She left paper and pencils all over the house so she could make notes on her writing wherever thoughts occured to her: “I am apt to find, in the laundry list, a scribble reading, ‘Shirley, don’t forget — no murder before […]

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