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Hard Do You Write During a Crisis?

Writing can be lonely work in the best of times. As we’ve entered the national emergency collective state, the news about COVID-19 has become pretty much all anyone can think about. It certainly made concentrating on this blog, not to mention my fiction writing, hard to get started. And then I realized that what I […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Things That Shouldn’t Surprise You Much About Self-Publishing

Starting off in self-publishing can seem like a perilous journey. I know it did for me. Getting into a new venture is always both exciting and scary, at the same time. Exciting to be doing something new, but scary because you don’t necessarily know what to do first…or even how to sound like you know […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Do You Write With Feeling?

It almost goes without saying that every person uses themselves as a yardstick to figure out what another person is feeling. This includes readers for your characters in a novel. No matter the situation or genre of your novel or short-story fiction, your reader will try to fill in the blanks about fictional characters based … … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Why Write During the Holidays?

For a long time, I wasn’t a very consistent writer. I figured whenever inspiration struck, I would write. Until then, I preferred to do other things with my time. As a consequence, I didn’t get much better at my craft. However, several years ago, I started forcing myself to write a little every day, and […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Do You Know the Most Important Thing About Storytelling?

Photo Courtesy of Pexels As I get ready to go full tilt into the holiday season with my family, I thought I’d mention one more time, to every wanna be writer out there, the most important thing I’ve learned about being an author. It’s important to understand there is a difference between a good writer … … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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What is a Writer’s Ego?

Even when I was little, I dreamed of being an author. In 1965, the year I turned seventeen, I submitted my first short story, and I imagined myself being the next Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451). By the time I entered my twenties, I wanted to make people think of me as some sort of “great” […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Ever Consider Writing a Memoir?

Photo Courtesy of Pexels I was talking to an old friend recently, and we were both having trouble remembering details from our high school years. Neither one of us could remember the name of our home room teacher. One of the comments made that had us both laughing was, “well, there goes the memoir.” But […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Creative Interview

Today I’m not posting about my own books or commenting on the ins-and-outs of indie publishing. Instead, I’m interviewing a fascinating creative talent and former Michigan resident, Dale Johnson. Welcome to “Painting With Light,” Dale. Thank you. Glad to be here. You have a fascinating creative background. Can you tell us a little bit about […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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How Are You At The Fine Art Of Table Sitting?

What Waiting for Customers Can Feel Like (Photo Courtesy of Pexels) Most indie authors have attended a literary festival, or an organized book-signing. It’s an integral part of the way the book-selling game is played. I’ve gone to a lot of them, and I often think I’ve seen it all. For instance, I’ve seen writers […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Author Interview

Author, Anca Vlasopolos Today I’m not posting about my own books or commenting on the ins-and-outs of indie publishing. I’m interviewing the fascinating former Michigan author, Anca Vlasopolos. Welcome to “Painting With Light,” Anca. Thank you. Glad to be here! You have a fascinating but somewhat frightening background. Can you tell us a little bit […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Writing Your Own Life Story

Photo Courtesy of Pexels I believe the wisdom and power to create real change lives not only in the experiences of leaders and community builders … but in the things that happen to everyday people all over the world. Each one of us has a story born from our life experience. We often forget, by […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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What’s Your Writing Voice?

I spent all day last Saturday at Michael Dwyer’s Rochester Writers’ Conference … the best one-day writing conference in the state (at least, to me it is). I’ve been to almost all of them … going back years. It was another day well spent (and it kept me out of the rain). Saw some good […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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A Writing Conference – Again?

Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan I’ve pointed it out before, and all of you who have been there know it’s true. Writing is often a solitary endeavor. But you don’t have go it alone. You can always do what I do … attend a writing conference, and meet some of the other members of that loquacious […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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What About Character Development?

I’ve talked about this a lot. Fiction writers all have the same goal … to transport their readers inside the pages so they feel like they’re walking along as a part of the story. Memorable characters are an extremely important part of making that happen. In fact, they should drive the story. Mine do it […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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How to Use Psychology to Write Amazing Stories

              Illustration © Charles Schultz Remember the Charlie Brown comic strip? The enterprising Lucy one-upped the lemonade stand business model and parked herself at a booth offering “Psychiatric Help” for five cents. I feel a little like that sometimes when I write this blog. Believe it or not, psychology […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Can You Make Your Narrative Voice Sing?

Telling a story is very much like taking a picture. You choose the elements you want to include and decide on the perspective. For instance, imagine you’re writing a story where three very different singers – let’s say, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin – are each singing “Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” Interesting concept … right? […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Feeling Productive?

If you’re a writer anything like me, you probably have lots of story ideas floating around in the wrinkled old gray matter under your cap. I know I sure do. There’s a lot waiting to bloom. As I mentioned last month, 2018 was a productive time for me. I’ve completed several chapters of three entirely […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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What is Historical Fiction?

As the holidays close in and another year comes to a close, I’ve had a chance to think about the books I’ve written, and those on which I’m currently working, one of which is definitely historical fiction. The working title is the name of the town in Hungary where the protagonist lived – Harkau. Not […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Are You Creating Believable Characters?

My wife and I just returned from a marvelous vacation in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Lucia. It was a great time, that passed far too quickly, but I had a lot of time to think about the writing projects I have in the works. I spent a lot of time listening to […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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Are You a Dedicated Storyteller?

I recently attended the 2018 Fall Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University and, after a day of interesting presentations, plus conversations with a significant number of the other attendees, one resounding thought from it stays with me. Everyone enjoys a good story. Telling one, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. It takes a willingness […]Original linkOriginal author: Ron Herron
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