Do you clutter your sentences?


A guest post from Tomica Bonner: Why yes I do? I raise my hand knowing I’m guilty. I didn’t realize how bad I was until editors started chopping my sentences to bits. I overuse words, phrases and padded sentences. Well I’m learning my lesson.

Hot Diggity Damn


Houston Writers’ Guild Manuscript Contest 2010. And the winner is….

Silent as a mouse, that’s me.


What have we been up to while the big cat’s away? Mum’s the word…

Why I never get my rewrites done.


Squirrels: rats with furry tails. And smarter than a squirrel-proof bird feeder, too.

You want me to do WHAT?


I really, truly, seriously just don’t fully understand why all of the person are to be thinking that i need to perform a deep, thorough, painful, horrific edit before i publish my blogs or send out my manscrips when I work my fingers to the bone the first time i write them originally.. I’m great righter!!!!

Gracias, Mis Amigos!


Thanks, all readers. Wednesday’s post, Confessions of a Guilt-Stricken Mom, topped the charts for hits, subscriptions, comments, and shares. If you haven’t read it already, it struck some kind of chord with people, and even drew some spirited back and forth in the commentary.

Major Milestone on the Road to Joy


My first novel, Leaving Annalise, was selected as the winner of the Writers’ League of Texas’ 2010 Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category. I AM PRETTY DARN EXCITED!!!

So Where Do You Get Off, Calling Yourself a _______?!?


Come on out of the closet. * You know who you are*

*Win a KINDLE, Read great books*


What makes a book a bestseller?  The answer is easy: it takes all of you readers supporting the author and book by buying it.  Yup.  In order to be a bestseller, a book has to sell for actual cash money to readers.  Blasphemy!!! So how do you, the readers, decide which books to buy?  Well, … Continue reading

This Ain’t No Road to Nowhere


Keep the faith, writer-friends. Keep the faith.

The Writer’s Happy Dance


I believe it’s important to celebrate milestones along the path to a goal, to celebrate progress. I am on a journey as a writer.  That journey includes narrative non-fiction in the form of this blog and the seeds of the books I hope to grow from it later.  It also includes fiction.  I have written … Continue reading

I don’t have time for this *#^%@!(


It ain’t pretty.

Take it from me, “You-make-me-tired Pamela Hutchins,” no one has time for it all. Some people have more free/leisure time than others, but that is because they choose to prioritize leisure time over the world of other possibilities, unchosen. Most of us have so much we want to do (or have to do) that we can barely/rarely fit it in.

Fitting in time to write is about making it a priority and de-prioritizing other things to fit it in. If you can’t do that, then you won’t fit it in. So first make a list of everything you do each day, and be brutally honest. Something’s got to give, so what is it? Let go of crossword, or Sudoku, or long lunches, or whatever is most expendable.

Top Blogs: Vote for your Favorite!


Help me identify the most relevant content for you, my readers, moving into the future. Bicycling/athletics/triathlon? Parenting? ADHD? Writing? Consulting/small business? Vote now.

But I Don’t Have Time to ________!


Here are my top 5 links to articles on making time to write.  Enjoy — by request, I’ll give away my secrets on finding time to write (and train and work and etc.) on Wednesday of this week. http://www.copyblogger.com/find-time-to-write/ http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/startingtowrite/tp/TimetoWrite.htm http://www.writing-world.com/life/time.shtml http://literaryculture.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_find_time_to_write http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/finding_time_to_write.htm

I don’t have time for Facebook


What are your biggest time wasters?  For some people, it is TV.  For me, it is Twitter.  For others it is…FACEBOOK.  Love this hilarious clip from South Park, oh, sosososososo true.  Next week on Road to Joy:  carving out time to ______ (you fill in the blank).

Multi-tasking: Writing and Athletics Strike Again


Editing Kona (WIP) continues while I am completing a three hour ride on my bike.  Next weekend is the MS 150 ride from Houston to Austin (donate here), and I need the time in my own saddle on my own bike but will spend all this weekend at the DFW Writers’ Conference (yay!), so riding … Continue reading

Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow


You never know where you will be when inspiration strikes. Driving down the freeway during rush hour? Trying to sleep in the middle of the night? Cooking dinner? The trick is to consciously put yourself into situations that are most likely to stimulate your creativity and then be able to capture your thoughts when it does.

Writer Spaces


Where and when do you write?  I love all the comments to literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog on the topic: Q4U: A Room of One’s Own.  Some people need a dedicated place.  Others need a space with no clutter.  Still others migrate around.  Many of us keep our pets close at hand.  We vary as … Continue reading

Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) on the Creative Process


Next week this blog will explore where, when, and how on the creative process.  Over the weekend, I will be pondering the words of Elizabeth Gilbert on her creative process.

New Blog Site


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