How Cooking Makes Me a Better Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I love to cook and bake. It’s relaxing, satisfying, and hopefully the results are tasty. I’ve discovered my passion for writing has a lot in common with food prep. In fact, cooking makes me a better writer. Look at the following, and I think you’ll understand what I mean. Decide on a recipe Just like I …

DiAnn Teaching 6-Week Online Workshop On The Dance of Character and Plot

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DiAnn will be teaching a 6 week online workshop with Savvy Authors based on information she’s compiled in a book with the same name THE DANCE OF CHARACTER AND PLOT.  The workshop will begin 9-4-17 and conclude 10-15-17. To learn more and to register:  CLICK HERE Online Workshop Description: Rhythm, grace, and beauty describe a dance where two people move …

Favorite TV Shows from a Writer’s Perspective

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I’m always looking for a solid TV show, one that entertains while I’m learning from the writers. This blog is totally from my perspective as a writer. Solid entertainment in a TV show must have the following: Three dimensional characters. Inner and outer landscape problems – even if it takes several weeks or the whole series …

Inside Out

Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – Inside Out via @DiAnnMills http://bit.ly/1UfKJKb #WritersLife (Click to Tweet) The latest animation craze is Inside Out from Disney PIXAR. If you haven’t seen it, the movie is an amusing insight into the various emotions of a little girl. She’s hit with anger, sadness, surprise, fear, disgust, happiness, and contempt. Each emotion is a character, and its …

The Power of a Minion

Announcing DOUBLE CROSS Giveaway winners! Sabrina from Ohio won the Keurig Coffee Maker Jackie from Texas won the Double Cross puzzle and playing cards Sharon from Indiana won the FBI K-9 and a red FBI pen Gail from Nevada won the $20.00 Starbucks gift card Congratulations! The Power of a Minion Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – The Power of a …

People, Pickles, Places, and Productions

Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – People, Pickles, Places, and Productions via @DiAnnMills http://bit.ly/1KwqaUx #WritersLife (Click to Tweet)   New York City is high energy, filled with plenty to see and do no matter what the visitor’s preference or budget. My husband and I stayed near Times Square. I loved every minute of it, and so did he. The people are unique …

A Taste of Double Cross

Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – A Taste of Double Cross via @DiAnnMills http://bit.ly/1FnmSue #DoubleCrossBook (Click to Tweet)   For readers who haven’t read DOUBLE CROSS, Book 2 in the FBI: Houston series, here’s the prologue!   PROLOGUE Special Agent Laurel Evertson had done everything required of her and more to gain Morton Wilmington’s affections. The gaudy diamond on her left hand …

The Life I’m Living

Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – The Life I’m Living via @DiAnnMills http://bit.ly/1KlgQPB #WritersLife (Click to Tweet)   The Life I’m Living and the Life I’m Observing I’m a lot like you. Average in so many ways. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, neighbor, friend … and writer. Perhaps the last descriptor is what makes me different from most people. Yet …

The Reader Adventure

Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – The Reader Adventure – via @DiAnnMills http://bit.ly/1GOrnET #WritersLife (Click to Tweet) Writing is a tough profession. The competition in today’s publishing world makes the strongest writers think twice about their commitment to excellence. But those of us who are lured by the magnificence of story are committed to creating a world where our readers slip into …

In Case You Invite Me to Dinner

Tweetable – Latest From DiAnn’s Desk – In Case You Invite Me to Dinner – via @DiAnnMills http://bit.ly/1OwKDei #WritersLife (Click to Tweet) I look forward to the times I’m able to cook or bake. Varied recipes appeal to my creativity, whether the food is an appetizer, main course, or dessert. Busying myself in the kitchen is also a different venue for my hyperactive …