6 Tips that will change the way you write

What is your Best Unconventional Writing Advice? It has nothing to do with grammar, or the English language, or what sells or doesn’t sell. I follow a few simple rules. I think I read this in Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott) “You have to stop writing as if your mother is reading over your shoulder!” I paraphrased, … Continue reading 6 Tips that will change the way you write

Why did it hurt so much?

What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with after writing and publishing your personal story or memoir? To understand what I’m about to reveal, let me explain that in 2008 I was given 6 months to live! I was diagnosed with a heart condition that I didn’t know I had but the … Continue reading Why did it hurt so much?

10 Successful Writers Secrets

Read, read, read. I love my iPad for reading. I know, lots of my friends want to touch and feel the paper. But I love my iPad, #2 will tell you why.When you read your favorite authors, as a writer, on an iPad you can highlight. Remember when you were in school? For some of … Continue reading 10 Successful Writers Secrets

Dangerous and/or taboo topics…

repost from Quora How do you research dangerous or taboo topics for your stories? Do you ever worry that people will get the wrong impression?Lynda Filler, Winner of Best in Contemporary Fiction 2017 BTRC at Writers and Authors (2009-present) That’s a great question! I think of that when I start going deeper into things like … Continue reading Dangerous and/or taboo topics…

How to be unforgettable

How did Toni Morrison influence your life? At this time in my life as I’ve allowed myself to fall in love again, I would say her words on love touch my soul in profound ways. Every great author and some who never achieve world-wide acclaim has affected our lives in a multitude of ways. Toni Morrison’s … Continue reading How to be unforgettable

Warning: This will blow your mind.

You know I love to write for Quora. Yes, it could very well be my guilty pleasure. But seriously speaking, today is a very sad day for America. In the last 24 hours there have been two mass shootings reported. My heart hurts for those whose lives were cut short, and the loved ones whose … Continue reading Warning: This will blow your mind.

What is something that needs to be written?

QUORA: What is something that needs to be written? Winner of Best in Contemporary Fiction 2018 Readers Favorite at Writers and Authors (2009-present) My best friend J. was a showgirl in Vegas, married a famous Hollywood photographer, made a trip to the Far East to smuggle drugs, and brought up three grandchildren because her daughter is … Continue reading What is something that needs to be written?

A Coup? What was it like in Istanbul 2016?

Three years on, July 15 continues to be etched in people's memory REPRINTED THANKS TO: ŞEYMA NAZLI GÜRBÜZ@SeymNazliISTANBULPublished15.07.201900:07Updated15.07.2019 People stand their ground against the tanks of the coup plotters, July 15, 2016. The coup attempt has its place within the Turkish people's minds as one of the most catastrophic days for the country, with some … Continue reading A Coup? What was it like in Istanbul 2016?

The good news is, I’m pretty much who I say I am.

The Real Me ~ Ecrits Blogophilia Wk 18.12DORIS EMMETT·SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 reprinted (with permission) because it's so awesome!! Something happens to my brain when I hear the line “tell me about the real you”. That (not so little at times) voice inside me whispers ...”yes yes go ahead and tell them”--but then the louder … Continue reading The good news is, I’m pretty much who I say I am.

How do you see the world around you?

I always find find photography to be an inspiration in my writing. I use places and people that I meet along my way to create characters and locations for my stories. My walk in Istanbul yesterday morning and the tram ride to Sultanahmet Square in the afternoon, are great examples. I'm currently working on Code … Continue reading How do you see the world around you?