Some thoughts on writing with research

stack of books surrounding notepad

I visited the Clinton Public Library last night to talk with some writers about using research in writing and, as always, I learned more from them than I think they learned from me. In no particular order of importance or

Show me the Why

Show me the Why

Two Saturdays ago, I had the pleasure of joining a group of old friends and new at the Midwest Writing Center for a workshop called “Don’t Write For Free, Write for Profit!” led by journalist, ghostwriter, and publishing expert John

The Workshop Life is the Life for Me

The Workshop Life is the Life for Me

I got to talk with a bunch of wonderful writers at a recent workshop at the Midwest Writing Center in the Quad Cities on the subject of scenes and scene-writing, something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Sitting at

Dear Author: on the topic of book promotion

Dear Author: on the topic of book promotion

Dear Author: How do you make sure you spend an appropriate amount of time promoting your book, while still leaving yourself time to write the next one? Reader, that’s an excellent question. Right now I don’t have a good answer

May Flowers

May Flowers

Saturday, I helped Writers on the Avenue wrap up National Poetry Month with a poetry festival that featured free workshops for poets of all ages, an open mic, readings by the winners of our poetry contest, and then readings by

Savoring (just for a minute)

I’m happy to report that our SISTERS reading at the Muscatine History and Industry Center to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 was, to my mind at least, a smashing success. Our readers were wonderful, simply marvelous. Each woman