Critique Groups

Join a critique group. Yes, that’s some of the soundest advice given to me regarding the wonderful world of writing.
Yet, the next part of that advice? Well, it’s more on the strange side.

Develop rhino skin.
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Join a critique group, and develop rhino skin.

Let that sink in. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

The Chunky Method of Writing

The high volume of production demanded from a category romance author has made me a student of creative productivity. Wrangling an uncooperative muse to meet a deadline is one of the ongoing struggles of every writer, and we need all the help we can get.

I’ve been teaching the Chunky Method all across the country for several years now. The Method was born out of the concept that every writer has a “chunk”-an amount of quality writing he or she can produce in one sitting before “the juice” runs out. We mistake the end of a Chunk for writer’s block, but it isn’t. You haven’t run out of talent or ideas, you’ve just run out of creativity for now. Chunks are individual to each writer, but they are remarkably consistent if given the right framework.
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Want to know your Chunk? Here’s how: Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly


It is hard to focus on writing when the storms within and without are challenging. This article is a good reminder to focus on the positive.

Someone discredits something I believe. One roadblock after another stops my progress. A circumstance beyond my control undermines my effectiveness.

Boy, aren’t these stimuli for sleepless nights and anxious days? Days consumed with defensive mental scenarios and infinite replays of unfairness? Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Writing Workshop

There is a workshop on adding personification to writing coming up soon. It sounds very interesting.

Do you hear that your writing isn’t strong enough? Maybe you haven’t accessed your story’s emotional depth. Beyond strong dialogue and powerful body language, sharper tools await the intrepid fiction writer. Learn how to pull out all the stops and make inanimate (and sometimes animate) objects reflect your characters internal conflicts, desires, and fears. Make the reader feel deeply without them knowing why. Also, learn how to bring metaphor into your setting to drive your story deeper. Come prepared to cut through surface techniques and sculpt the heart of raw emotion.

April 28, 2015 

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Place: Room 123, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Learn more.

Kelly and Donna

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg had his own writing schedule and method of getting the job done. This is an interesting article on his writing journey.

I love to discover where writers actually sit and focus on their writing. Connemara, the home of Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), the American poet, writer, and editor, is in Flat Rock, NC. I had visited this National Park many years ago, but this past year I re-visited it through the eyes of an author. Crossing a small pond, near the entrance, I looked at the tranquil water. I could picture myself sitting on a rock or in a small boat with a notepad in hand. Walking the long, steep drive to the house, I noticed the blooming wildflowers showing their perky faces as if to say, “The walk is well worth the effort.” Connemara sits high on 246 acres surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The visual scenery made me think, how could Carl Sandburg not be a three times Pulitzer Prize winner, writing in this atmosphere? Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Why Do We Write?

So why do we spend so much time and money learning how to write? Why do we keep plunking away at the keyboard when we could be doing something else? This article gives us some insight on why writers keep writing.

“You could make a lot more money in a different career.”

Those were the words of the industry professional who recently spoke at a local writers conference I attended.

Everyone in the audience laughed and nodded knowingly. I suspect there were no millionaires in the room. If there were, it would be safe to say they hadn’t earned their riches from writing royalties. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

What If?

The featured article today asks the question, “What If?” Sometimes we all need to ask the question, “What If?”

The best stories have always explored the premise of “What if?”  What if a girl was transported to a place called Oz and met many strange characters?  What if a man were shipwrecked on a desert island for 27 years? What if teenagers had to choose their life’s path from one of five factions?

Each of us has an innate sense of curiosity that draws us into questions we’d like to know the answer to.  A good “what if” premise is all it takes to make us want to read that book, see that movie, watch that show.  We feel as if we won’t fully rest until we know the outcome. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Pikes Peak Writing Conference

The Pikes Peak Writing Conference is in a few weeks.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where you can dive into the topics that interest you the most, surrounded by industry professionals and other writers who are eager to learn, connect and network. The three-day conference is full of topical, in-depth workshops, dynamic keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique, plus time to socialize with fellow writers. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Happy Easter

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Kelly and Nancy