November 3, 2013

3 Comments

A Thriller App

There are lots of tools out there for the novel writer, from apps designed for brainstorming, software geared to organizing that first draft, to the well-known heavy-hitters of word processing. And of course, the Internet has forever changed the way writers do research. But the one really helpful tool I kept coming back to as […]

Continue reading...

October 13, 2013

2 Comments

First Revision Fun

Beside my writing desk I have a small table heaped with books. Beneath that, without much organization, lie several stacks of file folders and yellow legal pads that contain the various rounds of researching, drafting, and revising that my manuscript has gone through over the past couple years. I was rummaging through the paperwork this […]

Continue reading...

September 30, 2013

1 Comment

Playing time

I coach my daughter’s soccer team–fourteen 12-year old girls. Recently, I got an email from a mom who was upset at the amount of playing time her daughter received in the last game. I understand what it means to want the best for your child, so when I responded, I didn’t want to just dismiss […]

Continue reading...

September 16, 2013

3 Comments

Writing like a rock star

I went to see the rock group Muse in concert last week at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Whether progressive/space rock is your cup of tea or not, if you’d seen these guys perform, I think you would have judged it spectacular. The production value was over the top: the quality of the sound, […]

Continue reading...

September 11, 2013

5 Comments

Staying out of the way as a writer

I just finished reading Elmore Leonard’s Out of Sight. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that the author’s passing spurred my first foray into his books. He’s so often put forward as a writer whose style aspiring writers should study, that it seems a glaring deficiency to have not read his entire body of work. […]

Continue reading...
The Friendly Editor

Thoughts and advice from an editor's desk

ActionThoughts

Books, ideas, and writing a thriller

Seven Sisters Press

A writer's world

Storyfix.com

Novel Writing, Screenwriting and Storytelling Tips & Fundamentals

Books, ideas, and writing a thriller