5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Writing a Novel with a Female Protagonist

by Chris Roy 1. I wish I had known the difficulties in writing first-person vs. third-person POV, female. The very first female character I created was in a collection of short stories titled By Hook or Crook: the criminal ventures of Razor and Blondie. The point of view was third-person, … Continue reading

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Write Crime Fiction

By Elka Ray 1) As a writer, your characters become real to you – they’re not “characters” but people. Killing people – even unlikeable ones – is emotionally draining; learning why they were targeted even more so. While my stories aren’t depressing, they have sad moments. If you want readers … Continue reading

Five Things I’ve Learned Working With Literary Agents

1. Agents are like Atlantis; hard to find and somewhat mythical. Sure, most have one-paragraph bios and mini selfies under ‘our team’ on agency websites. Some write a blog. A few keep their name in the spotlight with big-figure deals and best-seller client lists. But be forewarned. The bio hasn’t … Continue reading

The Emerald Musings “5 Things I Wish I Had Known” Series Begins in April

Greetings, Everyone! Since I’ve managed to get some wonderful guest post contributions over the years, I decided to go to the well again and see what I could get.  And you ladies and gentlemen certainly didn’t disappoint!  So, starting in April, we’re featuring a new guest post on every Friday … Continue reading

What I do When I Lose the Will to Write

By Susan Vittitow Mark I’ve written for a living long enough, that I can usually manage the must-do, on-deadline stuff. Some people dig ditches, I tell myself. I push letters on a keyboard. Where I struggle is with personal, creative work. Sometimes I simply lose the will to write. Winter’s … Continue reading

How to Deal with a Terrible Case of the Writing Blahs!

By Andrea Hintz (Author of The Tesoro Series and Perception and Deception) There comes a time in every writer’s career when they face the most disorienting and frustrating time that they could possibly imagine. You have heard the phrase before: writer’s block. This could be because you are becoming bored … Continue reading

When Writing Becomes a Bore…

If you’re a writer or an artist, I can almost promise you that you’ve felt the need to throw your keyboard or pad and pencil far away.  Creating anything can be at times gloriously frustrating.  For those of us who write for a living,  it can quickly turn into a … Continue reading

Welcome to 2017!

Hello Everyone, I know, it’s been a while since I posted to my blog Emerald Musings, and for that, I apologize.  The only excuse I have is that life over the months of November and December have gotten a bit more hectic between work and family, and since I am … Continue reading