Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

by Renée J. Lukas

For me, characters are the most fun part of writing. Well-developed, dynamic characters also happen to be essential to a good story. So here are some tips I’ve learned along the way to help create characters that jump off the page. Maybe some of these will spark your imagination. . .

Tip #1: […]

June 7th, 2017|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

Getting Sick Isn’t for Sissies

by Renée J. Lukas

If you don’t want to get sick, don’t. Live a healthy lifestyle, work out eleven times a day, and eat only fruits and grains and things found at farmer’s markets. And by all means, avoid places where there might be people with germs. But if your antibodies start to slack a little, […]

May 15th, 2017|Renee's World|Comments Off on Getting Sick Isn’t for Sissies

What It Means to be Middle-Aged

by Renée J. Lukas

You don’t wake up one day and become forty or forty-seven. . .but it feels like it.

Your age sneaks up on you gradually, like one of those slow-moving, creepy ice walls in the Midwest—the ones that make little crunching noises and move toward people’s houses like The Blob.

Aging is a slow, creepy […]

March 3rd, 2017|Renee's World|Comments Off on What It Means to be Middle-Aged

Movies and Shows To Watch This Winter

by Renée J. Lukas

 

For me, going outside in the winter is like going outside on the moon without a suit. I don’t like to do it. When I do, I’m so bundled up, I walk like someone in a full-body cast as I take the garbage to the curb. To my neighbors, I’m Sasquatch, rarely […]

February 1st, 2017|Book, TV and Movie Reviews, Renee's World|Comments Off on Movies and Shows To Watch This Winter

The Perils of Writing a Sequel

by Renée J. Lukas

 

When readers love characters, they want more of them. They may wish there was a sequel. After receiving several notes about my novel, Hurricane Days, it seemed that a sequel was in order. There were comments from readers who wanted to know “What was up with Adrienne? What happened in the year […]

December 23rd, 2016|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on The Perils of Writing a Sequel

Thanksgiving with Voldemort

by Renée J. Lukas

Congratulations if you made it through Thanksgiving with no one saying “election recount” or “transition team” at the table. Be glad you survived, or just be glad that it’s over.

Of course, Thanksgiving is a special time when you get together with loved ones and don’t talk about politics, religion or why your […]

November 28th, 2016|Renee's World|Comments Off on Thanksgiving with Voldemort

The Bright Side of a Trump Victory?

by Renée J. Lukas

[Disclaimer: The following is satire. Do not write your local congressional representatives.]

The election is over. And it’s good news if you’re a straight white man from the 1950s who was cryogenically frozen and woke up in America on November 9th. “What? A WOMAN almost became president? Whew. Dodged a bullet there. […]

November 13th, 2016|Renee's World|Comments Off on The Bright Side of a Trump Victory?