Liz Durano

“There’s a story that wants to be told…”

It’s Friday and I’m scrolling through the hundreds of drafts on my dashboard but never published and this was one of them. I don’t even know why I didn’t press that button but it could have been the… Read More

Make It Your Best

“Make it your best. Every time. Anything less is, well, less, and could lose you a reader that might have loved your later, better work. Readers are won and lost one at a time, and they’re very easy… Read More

When You’re Trying Something New And It Just Doesn’t Work #iamnotaplotter

One of the things I’ve been trying for 2018 is to plot my books. Since I’ve got three full novels to publish this year, I figured plotting shouldn’t hurt. Well, two weeks in, I can safely say that… Read More

Friday Night Musings: The Law of Romance

“It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will choose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along. Strength demands intelligence, intelligence demands stimulation, and weakness is boring…. Read More

“Look For the Helpers…”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers  

Done and Dusted!

It only took me two years but Loving Riley is set to go! I think I’m finally happy with everything – from the story to the cover. Yes, author problems and I’m sure it will be followed by… Read More

One Step At A Time

“E.L. Doctorow once said that ‘writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see… Read More

Things We Can’t Forget

Facebook reminded me today that I posted this quote on this day last year. It’s a nice reminder why I write some of the things that I write, and why some of the things I want to write… Read More

Sebastian Junger: Why We Write

“I do this sort of split thing when I’m writing. I’m very aware that I’m writing for readers, and I do everything I can to engage them, to make my writing accessible and compelling. At the same time,… Read More

Terry McMillan: Why I Write

“…I didn’t make a conscious decision to become a writer.  I never did it for the money.  I never did it for the fame. Who knew?  Who ever knows?  I think somehow the craft chose me.  The words… Read More

Sara Gruen

“I had to get off the road. I had to be on my own and pretend that nobody had ever heard of me.  I had to open my file and go through the portal and get into that… Read More

Jennifer Egan: Why I Write

When the writing’s going well – I’m trying not to sound cliched – I feel fueled by a hidden source. During those times it doesn’t matter if things are going wrong in my life; I have this alternate… Read More