Monthly Archives: January 2012

Things I Love

What are you passionate about?  What makes you really happy?  What makes you laugh?  Cry?

If a reader doesn’t have a strong emotional connection with your novel (preferably early on) then you’ve probably lost them.

The emotional response doesn’t have to be with the protagonist.  It might be with a secondary character, the setting, or the plot that makes your reader care about what happens next but the reader needs to feel something to want to keep reading.

I find that reflecting on what elicits strong emotional responses in myself is a good reminder of some of the emotions that I’m seeking to tap in to in my readers.

Here’s a brief list of a few things (in no particular order) that I’m emotional about :


2)My Beliefs




6)Book stores

7)Hardware stores


9)Ice Cream

10)Friends that make you laugh so hard you risk peeing in your pants (thank you, Michelle!)

This list focuses on things that I have a positive response about (Alas, I’d be much thinner if cheese made me sad…) but you could just as easily create a list of things that make you angry, sad, or afraid.  Consider why each thing makes you feel a certain way.  (Notice my ‘regular’ job didn’t make this list…hmmm…).

Take a moment to think about the things that you’re passionate about in your every day life.  Then apply some emotion to your writing.

Happy Noveling!


Back To Work

Did you survive the holiday marathon?

Thanksgiving begins the holiday trifecta that doesn’t end until January 2.  How do you feel?  Exhausted?  Satisfied?  Excited for the new year?  For me it’s a yes, yes and yes.

I’m happy to have dedicated the last two months to my family and now I’m ready to get back to work.  November and December are the months when I allow myself more time for reading and any short stories I may be working on, and step away from any novel projects.  In January I resume work on my novel with new eyes.  It’s exciting to get back to work.

Do I have any writing resolutions for 2012?  Of course!  Write more!  There are details that go with that resolution but I haven’t decided exactly how high I want to set the bar yet.

What about you?  How do you manage your writing time during the holidays?  Any writing resolutions for 2012?  Share them!  Write them down!

Any advice for 2012?  If you don’t already incorporate exercise into your writing routine then make 2012 the year that you do!!  You won’t regret it!  I’m off to spend the next hour with Tony Horton.  The verdicts still out on P90X2 but so far it’s fun…and hard!  My favorite exercise combination!

Keep on Writing!