The Stories That Move Us

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life, Writing 2 Comments

Last week I met a friend for lunch. We talked writing, stories, and ordinary life. That’s the great thing about friendship. We can bounce around all over the map and our friends still “get us.” Take Julia, for instance. Julia’s a fun soul. God’s girl and a deep thinker, she rattles my comfort zones. As in—challenges me to step beyond …

Knowing When to Shift Our Priorities

Cynthia Herron Writing 6 Comments

One of the hardest things a writer faces is knowing when to say “no.” We may try to temper it with “I’d love to, but I can’t just now.” Or “I’m sorry, I’m afraid I’ll have to pass.” Whatever lingo we use, saying no requires conscious effort and commitment. It doesn’t mean we’re insensitive to others’ needs or that we have …

The Perfect Imperfection of a Writer’s World

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life, Writing 4 Comments

  You might think because I write Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction my story worlds are a delightful Sunday-Go-to-Meeting escape. Well, I can’t fib. That’s somewhat true…to a point. However— As a conscientious writer whose goal is to share a great story, I strive to balance the delightful with reality-based conflict in a heartfelt, homespun way. Today’s readers want meat-and-potatoes stories that resonate. …

Upcoming Fun on the Blog

Cynthia Herron Blogging 3 Comments

While some parts of the country are knee-deep in snow and bone-chilling cold, here in the Ozarks we can’t complain. Today in my little niche the sun’s shining with a projected high of fifty degrees. Fifty degrees. In fact, forecasts predict a nice round of upper sixties for the next ten days or so. Ahh. Spring fever, here I come! Of course, …

Should Writers Write the Stories of Their Hearts?

Cynthia Herron Encouragement, Writing 2 Comments

Oh, my goodness. I wondered if I should even broach this on the blog today. So much has been said about writers writing to trends versus writers writing the stories of their hearts, it seems a little redundant to add to the chatter. But you know me. I thought another perspective might be fun. So here we go. Let’s dive …

How Newsletters Impact Our Readers

Cynthia Herron Newsletters, Writing 2 Comments

It’s great to be back with you! If you’re a member of my newsletter family, please check your inboxes. Newsletters went to subscribers yesterday, and you don’t want to miss all the great content. Hint: Be sure you’ve added my newsletter e-mail address to your contacts so I don’t mistakenly go to your spam folder. Not a subscriber yet? No …

Blog Break ~ See You Again February 3, 2017

Cynthia Herron Blogging, Downtime 2 Comments

As I do occasionally, I’ve scheduled some time off from blogging. After 700 + posts over the past six years, I’ve come to realize how important blog breaks are. Breaks allow me to work on manuscripts, consider new blog content, and rest for a bit. I’ll also put the finishing touches on next month’s newsletter so if you’ve subscribed to my …

Writing, Winter, and Ice… OH, MY!

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life 2 Comments

Well, for those who are wondering— What they say about the Ozarks is true. If you’re tired of the weather one day, stick around. Weather here changes on a dime. For instance, on Wednesday my car registered seventy-two degrees. Yesterday? Not even half that. And today… Today it seems we are in for a get-your-blood-pumping-and-slip-on-your-long johns kind of day. In …

The World We Create

Cynthia Herron Writing 2 Comments

As a fiction writer, I’m drawn to stories—different kinds of stories, really, because I realize one way to improve my craft is to understand the human condition. By nature, I’m also very curious and I enjoy people. I want to know what makes them tick. I want to know what motivates them. How choices, lifestyles, and culture influence their decisions …