Character naming is a critical element of your story. Do you only use the character’s first name, first and last names, last name, or no name at all? In today’s litigious society, many writers must be careful about how they name their characters. Even though the following letter was written in 1937, it shows whatContinue reading “What’s in a Name: Naming Characters in Fiction”
I did not start out to write a book. When I was thirteen, I began journaling. My diary became a haven for my innermost thoughts on friends, teachers, my first kiss, and first boyfriend. My diary fell into the hands of my siblings, and they used my words against me. I was a sensitiveContinue reading “Red Facade-Secrets Within Expatriate travels in China”
1 I had another argument with my husband this morning. Sometimes I wish I could change my life. Be somebody else. Be somewhere else. I stomped out on the back porch, fuming. I climbed down the steps leading to the yard careful not to dirty my new sneakers, stopped on the landing, and pondered theContinue reading “An introduction to my sci-fi fantasy novel “I Am Sheffrou””
I remember the exact moment I decided to write a book.
Introduction Rainfall is one of the variables frequently studied in butterfly dynamics, and butterflies are among the best climate change indicators. Rainfall caused by the oceans’ increased evaporation can affect the five interactions of a butterflies life and their necturing plants. This blog will describe the five interactions listed below related to the effects ofContinue reading “Flittering Flowers: Population Crash of Local Butterflies: Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina”
Writing a series of novels introduces another level of challenge heaped upon the significant task of writing a book. I share a few approaches and tools I employ as I develop the ninth volume in a historical fiction series. OUTLINES AND OTHER FANTASIES THE IDEA. I will use a travel analogy: A drive to LasContinue reading “THOUGHTS ON WRITING A SERIES”
When someone asks me this question, I always answer “Everywhere.” Every person I see has a story, whether I learn it or invent it. Every place I go has a story. I learned this from my mother. She was the family story keeper. She could repeat experiences verbatim, including conversations. I know this because someContinue reading “Where do Writers get Ideas?”
We are writers and story-tellers. Many of our stories are truthful and some, well, perhaps some are more tall-tale than ordinary fiction. If you read the “About Us” section of this blog, you discovered that we write in different genres and we are not all at the same stage in our careers as authors. WhatContinue reading “Welcome to the SCWA–Surfside Blog Words Matter”
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