Use your senses in your writing

This was fun to read while reminding myself to uses all five senses in my writing.

Live to Write - Write to Live


As a writer who has extensive tech writing experience, I admit that I sometimes have a difficult time with scene description.

I blame it on my Technical Writing training. Tech writing is all about “just the facts, ma’am.” It’s all about the who, what, when, where, and how of an action. And pretty much nothing else.

Creative (and I’m including memoir writing) is all about the facts and then some (ma’am.) When you write for entertainment you need to use the senses – the smell, visual, taste, hearing and sight information that you have literally at your fingertips. You also have to add thought and reason to any action.

As a tech writer, when I write directions, I’ll write something like:

  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter.

Quick, efficient, absolute no doubt as to want I want the action to be.

But when I write creatively, constant directives…

View original post 655 more words

Curtains for the Beast and the False Prophet


Revelation 19:11-21

This section details the final judgment of the beast and the false prophet, the beast from the earth. For the most part, it uses images we have already seen. Verses 11-16 identify the victorious Christ as the rider on the white horse who will make war on the dragon and his allies, which as we saw in chapter 16 had gathered for their final attempt to destroy God and His people. Notice His sword “coming out of His mouth” representing the Word of God.

The action begins in verse 17, when an angel cries out to all of the birds of the air to gather around to feast on the dead, reminiscent of Ez. 39:4-5, 17-22 (cf. Zeph. 1:7-6). On one side is the King of kings and His army, on the other side are the Beast and the armies of this world…

The Battle of Armageddon is…

View original post 403 more words

What to Put in your Author Media Kit

All aspiring, self-published, even pro authors need this information. Passing it on.

Lit World Interviews

Having a ready to go press release kit is something every Indie author should have. It’s also a good idea to have it on a static page on your website or/and blog. Rather have everything in one place than have to scramble around when it’s called for. Having it on your website means that anyone who would like to post reviews of your books on their own sites can just grab what they need without the need to try and contact you first. I’m working on my website at the moment so the link here is down, but if you want great examples, just do a Google search of some of your favourite authors.

Include your author photo – a nice size and quality image. Some authors change their photos regularly. Danielle Steel has a new picture of herself in extravagant gowns on the backs of each of her books…

View original post 282 more words

No Flour Chocolate Cake

This looks really good.

Colleen M. Chesebro

I have been on a quest searching for a gluten-free alternative to chocolate cake. It also had to be Weight Watchers Points Plus friendly, so it has been interesting. You can imagine my delight when I found this recipe on Hungry Girl’s website this morning! I just had to share it!

Image credit and recipe credit:

HG’s Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake

No-Flour Power

Black beans are the best thing to happen to baked goods since canned pumpkin! You won’t believe how delicious this chocolate cake is. And NO, you can’t taste the black beans — just rich chocolatey deliciousness. Game-changing recipe here, people…

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Cool: 1 hour

One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or…

View original post 186 more words

Book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is now here!!!

Hooray! Good, clean children’s mysteries. Check this out! A new book by Janice Spina in the Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series books.


Front cover DD blue


I am excited to introduce my newest middle-grade detective/fantasy/magic Book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series – The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat! I dedicated this book to my two middle grandsons, Jason and Joey, who have not seen the book yet. They will be surprised. Love them so much! They were my inspiration for this series. Here is a photo of the two of them which is included in the book. The cover is my husband’s illustrated version of them.

JJ photo DD 2

This series was so much fun to write. I write off the cuff, meaning that I sit and type and let the characters take over where the story will go. It is an exhilarating feeling to me to not know where the story will take me. Of course, I can change anything that comes along but in this…

View original post 124 more words

“The Castle Dark of Upstate” by Gary D. Henry

This sounds like a fascinating thriller/suspense novel. Can’t wait for the ebook version.

Viv Drewa - The Owl Lady

castle dark of upstate


Meet the Brocks, a family both blessed and cursed since the 1600s. Their first-borns have always been males who excel at whatever business or endeavor they take—but die, in strange circumstances, just soon after they reach the pinnacle of their success. The females cannot bear children and would die young because of ill health. The latest couple in this long line of brilliant and tragic family tree is Jack and Jessica Brock. They, too, would try to break the curse.

They just might…Meet Jim and Terri Buckner, Jack’s best friend and sister. Jack’s business dreams and plans will come to fruition through their help. They would also be the godparents—the second parents—of Jack’s daughter. Jim buys a castle in upstate New York, where both families would share their memories and lives. But this castle, built and owned by the Bulgardi’s, holds some dark mysteries and secrets.

View original post 73 more words

Daily Devotion-The Elijah Factor or How 1 Man Made a Difference-Revival Takes Patience

Another powerful message from the prophet Elijah. Thank you, Wally for the time that you have put into this study, and then sharing it with ug.

Truth in Palmyra

1 Kings 17:17,18

And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

As we said in yesterday’s devotional, this seems an odd turn of events in the life of Elijah and this widow woman. For some time, perhaps substantial time, they have been contentedly living on the bounty of flour and oil provided daily by The Lord. Now, tragically her son had gotten sick and died. There was no breath left in him.

Why would God allow this to happen? Why, if He did, would He actually cause this to happen?…

View original post 410 more words

Writing Fiction? 10 Common Writing Errors That Make You Look Like a Newbie

I found this information to be very helpful. I hope it helps others as well.

Shirley McLain

This is an article by Sarah White that I thought I would share with you. It’s always a good thing to read advice that can help improve our writing.  Shirley

You’re about to work on your first big writing project. Whether it’s a novel, memoir, or short story, you don’t want everyone to know it’s your first (even if you’re shaking in your boots, just a little).

Many first-time writers fall into traps that can decrease the quality of their piece, and these newbie blunders can diminish their credibility.

New writers fall into these habits for all kinds of reasons: putting pressure on themselves to write something enormous and profound, attempts to mimic other authors, and probably in the most common occurrence, a bad case of writer’s block during their first big project of their career.

The pressure is on and your brain has gone into panic mode, resorting to…

View original post 778 more words