10242017Headline:

Character and Credibility

  Character and Credibility By Vicki Hinze   This morning, doing time on my treadmill, I set aside my music and watched a few minutes of news—maybe four to five minutes of news—and in that time, I saw two members of congress [...]

WHEN LIFE INTERRUPTS . . .

    WHEN LIFE INTERRUPTS… By Vicki Hinze   A few years ago, I underwent a series of eye surgeries, and learned a lot more than I ever wanted to know about living and writing in a life bombarded by interruptions.  [...]

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW by Vicki Hinze I only met Elmore Leonard once, but I learned a lot reading his books.  While he had many admirable traits, I learned one new thing about him after his death:  He didn’t write his first [...]

THE SECRET: Key to Contentment

    THE SECRET:  Key to Contentment by Vicki Hinze   In writing, everything is fodder.  If you don’t need it for character, you need it for plot, setting or one of the other basic novel elements.  Where writers [...]

WHEN YOU’VE LOST EVERYTHING

When You’ve Lost Everything by Vicki Hinze This year, more than most, I’m hearing from people who have lost everything.  They’re feeling hopeless and helpless.  Defeated in life, or by life.  Some have lost [...]

PEOPLE CHANGE

PEOPLE CHANGE By Vicki Hinze   Life is about people.  What makes them work, breaks them, encourages or sparks the need to do the things they do in the ways they do them.  Yes, good or bad, life is about people, which means that [...]

How-To Have a Life and a Career

HOW-TO HAVE A LIFE AND A CAREER By Vicki Hinze Time is tight.  It’s always tight.  Odds are, it will always be tight.  But if you want to do something, you’ll find time to do it the same way others do:  you’ll [...]

Writing Craft for Lone Wolves and Writers on a Budget

Writing Craft for Lone Wolves and Authors on a Budget By Piper Bayard Sshh! I have a secret. I’ve never said it out loud, but I’m going to share it with you – because you need to know. I’m an author with two books out. [...]

Holocaust Remembrance Week and Everyday Heroes

Holocaust Remembrance Week and Everyday Heroes by Vicki Hinze    Today is Remembrance Day of the Holocaust–its victims and survivors.  The US Congress set aside an annual remembrance of this significant event.  State [...]

The Difference Between Writers and Authors

  The Difference Between a Writer and an Author by Vicki Hinze   When I was a new writer, I went to a conference and attended a workshop.  In it, the presenter said a writer was an unpublished novelist and, once that writer became [...]