Lillian Hellman Quote for Writers

table with open notebook and penLillian Hellman says “Story is what the characters want to do. Plot is what the writer wants the characters to do.”

The character in my new novel, Norman in the Painting, who appeared wearing a Homberg hat, is keeping his intentions a mystery. I wanted him to be hired by the antagonist, but he refuses that connection. Hellman is right.

Let us know if you have a character who wants to tell his or her own story and not follow your plot?

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Women's National Book Association Board Members

WNBABoard at Santos' party 8-14We five Women’s National Book Association board members enjoyed an afternoon at Barb and Rich Santos’ home along with other writers and friends from the San Francisco Writers Conference.

From left to right, WNBA President Kate Farrell, Secretary Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Webmaster Linda Lee, Social Media Manager Frances Caballo, and Membership Chair Jane Glendinning.

The San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association seeks to create a network within our local literary community while promoting literacy, a love of reading, and women’s role in the world of words. I’m happy to be a member and their new secretary. If anyone is interested in joining our chapter, go to http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org.

Foster City Library "Preserve Your Memories"

With Shari Williams On Friday afternoon, I gave a talk to Shari Williams’ group, Foster City Village, at the Foster City Library. The title was “Preserve Your Memories”. I showed simple ways such as using photos to make a calendar, a Shutterfly book, a collage, a copy machine version with a spiral binding, or a self published book. I stressed the importance of recording one’s life experiences for posterity. A volunteer organization, a village of services, activities and personal connections to support successful aging are available in most cities. Google the name of your city/town with the word village after it to see if there is one nearby if you’d like to volunteer or know seniors that would enjoy being transported to their activities.