Travel, Writing

A Morning By the San Antonio River

San Antonio, Texas, the land of ma'am, terrific tacos, Chicana literature, and Nora Jones. I'm here for a writing conference, which ended yesterday. The place where I'm staying called me back to the neighborhood of my childhood. Wood houses with peeling paint, chain link fences, front yards of abundant flowers, blossoming succulents. Stucco homes of… Continue reading A Morning By the San Antonio River

Writing

How to Declutter Your Frightening Writing Space

Please excuse my wording, but I have too much crap in my writing area. My bulletin board is cluttered with post-its, cards, and pins all askew. To make things worse, someone figured my room needed a few empty Amazon boxes, along with the cat's scratching treehouse, and I haven't filed bills in six months. Given… Continue reading How to Declutter Your Frightening Writing Space

Encouragement, Inspiration, Writing

Two Ways to Fight #Writers Fear

Let's be honest. We writers have several fears about writing. If we haven't published anywhere, we fear to call ourselves a writer. Many times we fear judgment about what we write, so we stall, procrastinate and write on the surface. We fear we don't have an MFA and don't know enough about the writing craft.… Continue reading Two Ways to Fight #Writers Fear

Encouragement, Writing

Seven of Many Reasons Why Lit Agents Reject Your MS

In my neverending quest to move my manuscript (MS) to a literary agent and onto publication, I read info from a few 'writerly' resources. One of these stores of knowledge comes from Meg La Torre of iWriterly YouTube videos. I love that she gets to the point, the videos are brief but cover the subject,… Continue reading Seven of Many Reasons Why Lit Agents Reject Your MS