Everyone is creative. Creativity isn’t an elusive muse, or a super power bestowed on a select few, it’s hard work, failures, and persistence. Just like we are all capable of logical thinking, we are all capable of creative thinking. And if we choose to cultivate those skills, it’s only a matter of practice. The more … More Some thoughts on Creativity
This summer, I took a refreshing but much-too-brief vacation in the Pacific Northwest. It’s always a delight to go home and visit so many memorable places and people I love. Even if I hadn’t grown up in the area, it’s just a awesome place to vacation. But I have to admit that there’s always a … More Protecting my Historical Setting
I spend a lot of time researching the past, usually random details. It’s hard to find specific research on exactly how folks were celebrating America’s national holiday back in the 1950s. But newspaper articles, old television shows, and those who remember, all confirm the same thing: not much has changed. (And why should it?) Back … More 1950s 4th of July Celebrations
I’ve been think it over and I’ve realized that I’m seriously jealous of my future self. First of all, she’s crazy organized. She’s super accomplished, very well-read, and thoroughly adventurous. I’m mean, that woman really has it all together. I think she can probably salsa dance too. Wow. Okay, enough of that. Back to editing.
This week month, my life is a seemingly endless pile of editing work and right now I’d rather being doing… well almost anything, else. (Like actually writing). “Writing” isn’t always fun, but it is what I’ve work for.
Writing can be fun and spontaneous. But when I want to produce something worthwhile, fiction or otherwise, I tend to start with a significant outline. Without a plan, I could always luck out with a good story, but even if I do, the mountain of editing work isn’t worth it. I know other writers who … More Writing with a Plan
Last February, I ambitiously challenged myself to produce an entire rough draft for a novel in 12 weeks. The time frame was essentially arbitrary, really I just imagined that 3 months fit nicely into my schedule. I had had the plot outlined for several months, just sitting around for a time when I could get … More Novel Challenge
Author Name: Jennifer Berg Book Title: The Hatbox Murders Book Genre: Historical mystery Release Date: March 28, 2017 Synopsis: Seattle, 1956. Inspector Riggs doesn’t believe in “women’s intuition.” But when a sharp stenographer keeps insisting that her friend’s death was no … Continue reading → via New Release Mondays: The Hatbox Murders by Jennifer Berg — … More I’m Featured on Judy Penz Sheluk’s Blog
In 10+ years of trying to get published, I’ve received feedback from supportive friends and family. In the course of getting published, the feedback has been positive, constructive, and sometimes embarrassing. Now, that I’m published, my book just started receiving feedback from complete strangers — people who are in no way connected to me, the … More Mystery Fans at Large
At the authors panel I attended earlier this month, we were asked why we had chosen to write mysteries in a specific era. There are several reasons why I chose the 1950s, not all of them very interesting. But in short, it’s an era that had more colorful charm than grizzly forensics. Since I’m all … More Why did I set my series the 1950s?