Are you feeling it? Emotional Connection in Fiction Part 1

An accomplished novelist friend recently got feedback on a manuscript that was heartbreakingly familiar to me. “I like it but I’m not loving it.” Ouch. I know just how that feels. For years, I worked on a manuscript that repeatedly got the critique that readers couldn’t connect with my main character’s emotions. The feedback was […]

6 ways rhythm helps us feel at home in a new world

On the weekend, I practiced a new skill and had a sudden aha! moment about learning to adapt to a new culture by finding the beat. (1) Every culture has its own heartbeat. When I lived in West Africa for a year, the people next door talked all day every day. There are many languages […]