Romance Writers at OC

I had a great time yesterday at the OC chapter of the Romance Writers. Really enjoyed doing the presentation and meeting everyone. What a lively and friendly group!!! And very accomplished writers. The number of books published made my head spin.

And after an initial fight with getting my new projector to recognize my computer (that’s what I get for pushing buttons I don’t know what they are for), I only dropped the microphone once–so overall, not as many faux pas. (Smiley face)


Screenwriting 101

Maybe even tougher than selling poetry is selling a screenplay. While there is nonstop television programming and movies available, how many of those are reruns? The cost of creating a movie or a new television show is high and only limited financing is available. Getting distribution can be as daunting as getting financing.

But, wait! That being said, with today’s technology and new media, it is easier than ever to create your own video and get it seen by an audience on the internet. This is what I tell my screenwriting students, “Get together with your friends and do it yourself.” However, you’ll want to start with a good screenplay.

Continue this article written as a guest blog on Morgen Bailey’s website at

On Writing and the 7 Stages – Audio Interview

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Audio Interview

Quinn Barrett, author of Invisible Snow, interviews me on writing and the 7 Stages for an audio podcast which can be found at: January 26, 2012

A New Interview, A Guest Blog on Critiquing, IWOSC Hosts My Upcoming Seminar

31 Kris Wampler, author of Love Train, interviewed me on his indie writer’s blog on January 12 covering a variety of topics indie writers may be interested in reading. In the interview we discuss: the 3 most common mistakes writers make, the 3 things a writer should do first, what are the signs of a well-written article or story, getting criticism, and marketing techniques,

2 On January 12, 2012, Morgen Bailey posted my guest blog on “How Do You Handle the Big “C”? (Or What Do You Do With Criticism).”

3 IWOSC (Independent Writer’s of Southern California) is hosting my teaching a 4-class seminar on Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 1, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Fees have been set by IWOSC and space is limited and must be reserved in advance through IWOSC. Contact me for further details or check the IWOSC website at

Bringing Your Inner Writer to Life

January 6, 2012, Edie Crabtree wrote a review of The Writer’s Compass in the Newport Beach Independent, highlighting the book as an amazing tool for aspiring writers.

“A very well mapped out book, ‘Compass’ covers every topic necessary to see a writing project through to completion, including simply setting time aside to write, and not letting the distractions of everyday life keep us from fulfilling our goals,” Crabtree says.

The review and additional insights into the book can be read at

A Creative Tool For Developing Business Stories

Lou Hoffman invited me to write a guest blog for “Ishmael’s Corner.” The blog is a writing exercise to help people in business with idea generation using a story development technique. Check out the exercise and the blog at

Article in Writers Digest

Be sure to check out my article, “Put Your Novel On The Map,” in the Writers Digest magazine January 2012 issue. The article has an interesting graphic representing a structure map and access to a free map Writers Digest created as a giveaway.

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