Y Not by Brenda J Wood

Y Not? I expect you are familiar with Sue Grafton’s Alphabet detective books that began with A is for Alibi and was to conclude with Z is for Zero. Unfortunately, Grafton died recently and according to her family Y is for Yesterday (Penguin Press) is the end of the series and there will be no Read More

So, You Think You Know Books by Brenda J Wood

So You Think You Know Books 1. Who was the youngest author on the New York best seller list? 2. What are the pen names of David Cornwall and Alfred Wight? 3. Dr. Seuss had best sellers on the fiction and non-fiction NY Times’ list. (True or false?) 4. Who holds the record for the Read More

Not Just for Writing by Brenda J Wood

Not Just for Writing Yes, oh yes! We write books. But do we really care about them, ours and other people’s? Do we open them, treasure the smoothness of the paper, read a word or two? Or do we leave them on the shelf never to be really appreciated? In that case, those books should Read More

Food Dictates Character by Brenda J Wood

Food Dictates Character What She Ate: six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories by Laura Shapiro (Penguin Random House Publishers) evoked all kinds of questions in my mind. The book describes the eating habits of Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, and Helen Gurley Brown. Their eating habits Read More

The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan by Brenda J Wood

The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan Am I a writer? Can I write? Should I write? When can I possibly find time to write? What will people think if I write? What if no one likes my writing? And, dear writer friend, note that all the questions are about me, my, and I. Where are you Read More

Find Your Why by Brenda J Wood

Find Your Why

“Why do we write?” moaned my writing pal. “Why do we write when there is no market for our books?”

She didn’t really like my answer and I guess I didn’t really like giving it either.

“We write because God asks us to use our gift and our gift is writing.”

You guessed it. She didn’t like the answer. Maybe that is your thought too.

Here are explanations from other authors who struggle in exactly the same way we do. Read More

Resurrection Writes by Brenda J Wood

Resurrection Writes Do you have piles of old manuscripts previously rejected by you, your mother, or an agent? Don’t stuff them into the garbage. Instead, give them another chance by trying them out in the recycle pile. Never let them go, but instead, re-purpose them like your old jeans, which you can make into shorts, Read More

Acknowledge This by Brenda J Wood

Do you struggle with acknowledgments for your inside book cover? Yes, me too. What I have to say isn’t always what I want to say.

Alan Greenspan said, “I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Read More

Hiding in Plain Sight by Brenda J Wood

Hiding in Plain Sight Yes, that is me, incognito on Canada Day here in my little town, Why ever are you dressed like that? Because I can, Because, though highly visible, I am hidden in the crowd, Don’t point fingers at me; you do the same thing. It’s got nothing to do with the hat, Read More

Payback Time with Brenda J Wood

Are you a writer or a seller, a book creator or a marketer? Which of these modes takes precedence in your lifestyle?  Do we get to pick? While we have to be both, one must take precedence over the other. Read More

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