Archive for the 'Writing' Category

Who’s That Girl?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Over a year ago I set out to write a series called “Ladies of the Pen” about three women—Suzanne, Noreen and Claudia. As each book featuring a different woman hit the shelves, I was thrilled by the warm reception by readers. Right now I should be talking about Claudia Madison whose book BENEATH THE […]

The Awesome Power of Mini-Goals

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Write five new pages a day.
Send out three queries a week.
Draft a proposal by the end of September.
Research six agents by the end of the month.
These are all good SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. But sometimes our SMART goals can be too much of a struggle.
When you get two rejections in the […]

A time to reflect

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Half way through the year is a good time to reflect on your efforts. I recently spoke to an aspiring author who had been excited about all that she planned to accomplish this year. Namely finishing her book. I asked her how many pages she had written. She sputtered for a moment then quietly said, […]

Advice for New Authors

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Are you a newbie author? Then this link is for you.
Read what established authors have to say about keeping a writing career in Advice to Myself as a Newbie Author.

Should You Save Your Rejection Letters?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I know, I know you don’t want rejection letters in the first place. But if you do get them what do you do? Save them, burn them, give them to the dog, attach them to your chest then threaten to jump off a cliff?
Okay that is an extreme response, but what should a writer do […]


Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Southern Fried Chicas has a fun blog about author burnout. It’s a real dilemma faced by many who’ve struggled for years to get published then fizzle out under the realities of being an author.
Here’s a newsflash. Once you’re published it’s no longer just about writing. Suddenly, you’re running a business. Your business is entertainment (fiction) […]

Author Rejection: The real story…sort of

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I know many of us have felt this way in the wake of a rejection (okay perhaps not this bitter but close). I hope you get a laugh by watching this clip from the British sitcom Black Books.

Beating Frustration

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I always reach a panic stage when I’m writing a novel. I hit the “What the hell am I doing?” “Can I really pull this off?” stage and this can happen at any point–in the beginning, middle or end of a project. You’d think I would have defeated this by now. But it happens every […]

Seven Things That Don’t Get Done When I’m on Deadline

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

1) Laundry. I just fill another basket.
2) Emails. Haven’t heard from me? Don’t worry you’re not alone.
3) Reading. I love books and I have a stack waiting for me, but I can’t get to them yet.
4) Dinner. Soup anyone?
5) Organization. No a storm did not strike my desk. Yes I know where everything is. […]

Wise words from a Grand Master

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Author Phyllis A. Whitney died on Friday at the age of 104. In her book “Guide to Fiction Writing” she wrote:
Never mind the rejections, the discouragement, the voices of ridicule (there can be those too), work and wait and learn, and that train will come by. If you give up, you’ll never have a […]

buy at barnes&
buy at

buy at barnes&
buy at

buy at barnes&
buy at

Dara's Newsletter

Sign up for Dara’s monthly newsletter to find out about contests, upcoming releases and more.

* Email

* Confirm Email

I prefer to receive emails in Text format


A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
Argh Ink
Dean Wesley Smith
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Novelists Inc. blog
Romancing the Blog
Southern Fried Chicas
Writer Beware Blog

Recent Posts

July 2019
« Jul    

Entries (RSS)
Comments (RSS)
For Readers: Bookshelf | Ebooks | Upcoming | FAQs | Fun Stuff | Contest | Newsletter
For Writers: Bookshelf | FAQs | Articles | Links | Fun Stuff
For All: Home | Blog | News | Contact | Meet Dara | For Media | Site/copyright | Bookstore