Writerly Things 5/25/2020: How Chores are Like Writing Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 5/25/2020: How Chores are Like Writing Traci Kenworth Everyday, we do things we like to and things we don’t like to. Most of the “don’t like to” falls under the category of chores. I know there are those obsessed with their lawns (like my neighbor next door). He mows continuously even on days […]

Five Links 5/23/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/23/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/05/thrillers-bring-the-light.html “Yes, this unsightly wasp with its ugly orange head and relatively large body mass, has arrived on our shores intent on killing innocent little honey bees and, indeed, the occasional human. But just when we think we are in the midst of a Stephen King nightmare, along comes […]

Writerly Things 5/17/2020: Writing Short Stories Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 5/18/2020: Writing Short Stories Traci Kenworth Do you write short stories as well as longer works? It could be good exercises to do the former along with your other writing. Writing muscles develop the longer we practice something. With books, it might take years to finish the product. Short stories can be done […]

Five Links 5/15/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/18/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/from-fragments-we-build-a-book-ep-27-free-podcast-course-for-writers/ 2. https://awriterofhistory.com/2020/05/14/favourite-historical-research-resources-k-m-pohlkamp/ “Her titles give you than hint of noir: Apricots and Wolfsbane, Physicists in Petticoats, Shadows of Hemlock. Last year, K.M. (Kara) posted a very interesting article on her favourite historical research resources and has graciously allowed me to repeat that article here in A Writer of History. My […]

Writerly Things 5/11/2020: Mother’s Day Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 5/10/2020: Mother’s Day Traci Kenworth Often, we forget how much our mothers might have done for us growing up. They are still there when we need them. They always will be in our hearts. Sometimes, we take them for granted until it’s too late. Let’s try to remember all the little and bigger […]

Five Links 5/10/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/9/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/05/conflict-thesaurus-entry-physical-exhaustion/ “Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with difficult decisions, morals, or temptations. Or it […]

Five Links 5/2/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/1/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/04/conflict-thesaurus-entry-an-estranged-relative-showing-up/ “Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with difficult decisions, morals, or temptations. Or it […]

Writerly Things 4/26/2020: Venturing Out Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 4/27/2020: Venturing Out Traci Kenworth How many of you have started to view masks as the normal wear when out and about? It’s strange how it’s gone from weird to just another part of the day. How will we be changed for the better and worse when this is all over? What’s the […]

Five Links 4/24/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 4/27/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-plotless-novel-damn-it/ “This week I’d like to channel some of my COVID-19 quarantine frustrations by quickly and angrily debunking a bit of literati bullshit that has always pissed me off. One of many ways in which people without imagination try to belittle people with imagination is by looking down […]

Book Talk 4/24/2020 Traci Kenworth


Nothing this week. I just started rereading and I’ve been down with a head cold for over a week now. Makeup supplies diminishing? How about some mascara? Blush? Foundation? Lip liner? Lipstick? Eye liner? Eye shadow? Brushes? Makeup? Hair? Planning vacation after things get back up? Need luggage? Tags? Body lotion? Body wash? Perfume? Deodorant? […]