Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

I have a couple of courses coming up that I’ll be teaching for Writers Online Workshops, the online teaching division of Writer’s Digest. Here are the details:

Advanced Novel Writing Workshop: Students who have completed a novel workshop now have the opportunity to continue working on their novel manuscripts with help from a published novelist and the encouragement and feedback of their peers. When you’ve completed this workshop, you will have written—and received feedback on—200 pages of your novel manuscript.

Throughout the workshop you’ll be able to participate in discussion with the instructor and the class in the Lecture Hall, and group critique sessions with other workshop members in the Critics’ Corner.

My section of this course starts December 4. For more info or to sign up, go here: http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/retail/courses.aspx?r=advanced-novel-Writing-workshop

Essentials of Romance Writing Workshop: Do you yearn to write a romantic story? If so, you need to know what sets romance writing apart from other types of fiction. This course explores why romance is the same, yet different. Some essential components of romance are unique to the genre, while some romance requirements are identical to those of any good fiction story. Neither Stephen King nor Tom Clancy could sit down and write a romance unless he first familiarized himself with the specific factors that create a successful romance. This workshop will help you to understand those specific factors that make up the specialized world of romantic fiction. Weekly lessons will address critical ingredients of romance writing so that you may create a new romantic story or—if you prefer—work with a story-in-progress.

Above all, a story of romance should whisk the reader away to a different place, a different life, a different reality. This workshop will show how a romance is put together to do just that—to allow the reader to escape from mundane cares. You’ll learn how the hero of an action novel differs from the hero of a romantic novel. You’ll learn the tricky business of putting your hero and heroine together and keeping them together-yet-apart until the story’s close. You’ll learn how to create the sexual tension that will have your readers turning the pages late into the night. What conventions must be followed and what rules can be broken for readers to embrace your work? You may be surprised!

The workshop will consist of six one-week sessions. Each session will include online lectures and associated textbook reading assignments, along with a writing assignment to be submitted to the instructor for private review. In addition, work will be posted each session for group review and feedback. Throughout the workshop you will be able to participate in lecture discussion and be encouraged to take advantage of ongoing informal discussions and posted self-directed writing and creativity exercises.

My section of this course starts December 4. For more info or to sign up, go here: http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/retail/courses.aspx?r=essentials-of-romance-writing

And, just because you read it here on my blog, you can save 10% on either workshop by using this code: ED9A

Hope to see you there!


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Workshop Announcement from Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction, WRDF

WRDF’s Online Workshop, The Tipping Point, Presents:

Bungee Jumping for Writers, or How to Be Your Own Editor

Editing for most writers is like diving off a bridge head-first with a large rubber band attached to their ankles…not a pretty sight. Join Elizabeth Delisi as she shows you a less hazardous approach to self-editing.

In this three-day workshop, Elizabeth will cover seven areas that plague most writers.

Dialogue Dos and Don’ts

Flashbacks: How and When to Use Them

Jean’s Jeans: The Difference between Possessives and Plurals

Which or That?

Do Your Chapter Endings Keep the Reader Reading?

Should the Author be a Know-It-All: Choosing Your POV

Trim (the Excess Words From) Your Prose

Join us for this terrific workshop:

Date: January 12-14

Price: WRDF Members $5.00

Non-Members $12.00

(Psst! Hint: WRDF membership is free. Go here to sign up: http://romancewriterandreader.ning.com/)

Payment must be received ten days prior to workshop. Limited registration, so reserve your spot early)

Paypal Available

To register or for more info, contact Lynda at thetippingpoint@lyndacoker.com

Be there or be square!

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Found something I thought would be fun to try, with a bit of modification to make it more interesting. Ready? Set? Here we go!

Book Meme:

1. Pick up your favorite book if you’re a reader; if you’re an author, grab your favorite book of all those you’ve written.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth complete sentence on that page. (Don’t count sentences that began on the previous page.)
4. Starting with that fifth sentence, post the next five sentences on your blog, along with the book info, these instructions, and link back to where you saw it.

That’s all there is to it. Simple, eh?

So here’s my try at this. It’s from my time-travel romance set in ancient Egypt, LADY OF THE TWO LANDS (available here: http://www.amberquill.com/LadyTwoLands.html):

“What is a circus, Majesty?” Senemut asked, frowning.

“It is held in a tent…there are many strange animals and performers…food is sold and parents bring their children to see…” She waved her arms helplessly. “I cannot describe it better. It is like a festival, I suppose.”


Hope you have fun with this!


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I have a couple of chats scheduled…and somehow, they’re both scheduled for April 22! Sheesh. My brain sometimes goes on strike without warning. 😉

Luckily, they’re both all-day chats, so I won’t have any trouble being a presence on both. Here’s the info:

Chat #1: Join me at the Loves Romances Café Yahoo loop: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loveromancescafe for a day of fun chatting about my books, a contest or two, questions and answers, blurbs and excerpts, and lots of gossip. Be there or be square!

Chat #2: Come talk to the authors of the ONE TOUCH BEYOND paranormal anthology. Elizabeth Delisi, also the author of “Since All Is Passing” and “Lady of The Two Lands”; Chris Grover, also the author of “Where’s Michelle” and “Without A Clue”; Kim Cox, also the author of “Suspicious Minds”; Maureen McMahon, also the author of “Shadows in the Mist” and “Return of the Gulls”; Sheryl Hames Torres, also the author of “Enigma.” Where: Latte Lounge at Coffee Time Romance Forums,  http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=435  When: All day. Five authors, contests, and lots of fun! Hope to see you there.


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Okay, I’m still trying to modify/customize my blog. Not doing real well, but made a teeny bit of progress in finding a theme that would allow me to upload a photo. Well and good, but unless I want a photo of my nose and cheeks, it doesn’t work for MY picture, since it only allows a photo of 760 x 190 pixels. So I’ve uploaded a photo of a shawl belonging to my grandmother, at least fifty years old, not sure how much older than that it might be. Made of what looks like cobweb lace and gorgeous. But unfortunately, now full of holes. 😦

As to writing, I’m working on a novella, “All Work and No Play,” for Ellora’s Cave that needs to be done in about a week, part of their “Torrid Tarot” series. I hope you’ll enjoy it when it comes out! Check back here for the latest news. When I’m finished with that, next on the docket is finishing “Perilous Prediction,” a novella-length sequel to my paranormal mystery novel, “Fatal Fortune.”

More later!


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