Writing

THE IMPACT OF OPENING PAGES

THE IMPACT OF OPENING PAGES

There hasn’t been a Pen Warrior here in a while. No excuses. We just decided to ease up on the blogging. But we’re back, and we’re back with a mission. During our last retreat we talked about what most authors who are actively self-publishing talk about, how to get our work discovered. Translation: How to find readers. Because—and here’s the… Read more →

Another Red Door, and plans to take a break

Another Red Door, and plans to take a break

  Last weekend the Pen Warriors met at the Red Door for our weekend quarterly retreat. Amazingly, this is our 44th Red Door retreat! Amazing that we’ve had the special treasure of two days of discussing all things every 3 months for over eleven years! After an evening meal of Laura’s amazing beef bourguignon we planned the weekend, caught up on our… Read more →

 		Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. Would Tweet

Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. Would Tweet

I don’t remember Martin Luther King Jr. very well. I vaguely recall him speaking on TV and I clearly remember the collective sadness when he was assassinated, though some of that was undoubtedly influenced by the assassination of Robert Kennedy two months later. (In my child mind the spring of 1968 was all about public weeping). While the man wasn’t… Read more →

Writers in search of a plan...

Writers in search of a plan…

The Pen Warriors have been getting together every three months for a two day retreat at the Red Door for over ten years now. These retreats are important to us; we eat (rather well because of our resident foodie, Laura Tobias), we brainstorm plots, dream up book titles, work on craft issues, critique, discuss the various genres, and test out… Read more →

The Total Buy In

The Total Buy In

Note: Spoiler Alert One Saturday night a while back my family and I rented Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (In an eerie coincidence, we were ten minutes into the movie when an earthquake measuring 7.7 hit a few hours north of us. Luckily there was no damage and I didn’t find out until later about it… Read more →

   Advice That Resonates

Advice That Resonates

It’s back to school time, a time that conjures thoughts of new beginnings and, with any luck, renewed vigor for our writing. To celebrate fresh starts, we thought we’d share with you some of the best writing advice we’ve ever received.   Gail Whitiker: ‘Set the book aside and let it rest for as long as you can.’ I can’t… Read more →