Writing from the heart

Jennifer Bardsley believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and two children, and walks from her house to the beach every chance she gets. Her newest book, “Sweet Bliss,” released from Montlake in 2021 and is part of the “Harper Landing” series. She alsoContinue reading “Writing from the heart”

Book Marketing From Your Couch

  Social media can be confusing, but book marketing from the couch is easy once you learn how. Discover how to grow your Facebook author page from zero to thousands of followers. Learn how to reach readers on Instagram and Twitter. Have fun connecting with your audience from the privacy of your own home! Start a FacebookContinue reading “Book Marketing From Your Couch”

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Me

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Me, That Sophomore staring up into space isn’t you. This is her first year at a brand new high school and she intends to dumb herself down, show some skin, and wear platform sandals. It seems like a brilliant plan for blending in—and it works. Dances, boyfriends, breaking up with boys you justContinue reading “Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Me”

The brave men of 741st Tank Battalion

Once when I was little my grandma told me the story of my grandpa’s service in WW II and I didn’t believe her. I knew that my grandpa was considered a hero, and had a purple splotch across his hand, but the story my grandma told was unbelievable. She was a well-known embellisher of ideas,Continue reading “The brave men of 741st Tank Battalion”

What makes a book “good?”

Reading and Writing are tied together like puzzle pieces. If something is boring to write (like a thank you card) it will also be boring to read. That’s why it’s so important to think about what makes reading and writing exciting. This post contains the outline for a writing lesson I did with my son’sContinue reading “What makes a book “good?””

Ten Revising Tips for Writers

Here are the top ten revising rules I live by as a writer: Avoid adverbs whenever possible. Adverbs can signal weak verbs. Do a “find and search” for commonly overused words such as: just, even, that, really, going to, or whatever your pet-problem-words happen to be. Unless you are writing for young children, limit speaker tagsContinue reading “Ten Revising Tips for Writers”

Understanding Story Arcs

There’s nothing like crawling around the kitchen floor–marker in hand–to understand a book’s true structure. In my case, I map out arcs for every character. What’s an “arc”? Good question, because it’s a bit confusing. Sometimes you’ll hear “ARC” and it means “Advance Review Copy” for a book that has not yet been published. Other times,Continue reading “Understanding Story Arcs”

How and Why I Started Writing

Eight years ago I wrote my first novel and it went nowhere. In retrospect, I can see why. Did I make my first ten pages count? Unfortunately, no. My inciting incident didn’t happen until page thirty. Was my book in an easy to pigeon-hole genre? No, not really. I marketed it as chick-lit in my queryContinue reading “How and Why I Started Writing”

Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot

Two of the best writing tips I ever got were from Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked during a workshop she gave many years ago at the Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds, WA. When we entered the classroom there was a basket covered with a cloth. “What’s in the basket?” we all wondered for the first five minutesContinue reading “Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot”

Map your Characters

  Click Character_Map to download the PDF. Are you an aspiring author? One of the hardest things about writing a book is making your characters seem alive. By the 22nd revision of a manuscript, you should know your characters innermost thoughts. In your imagination, you can project their futures, and describe their pasts.  If Good Morning America interviewedContinue reading “Map your Characters”