Author Archives: Sarah Lovett

Writing in a Nutshell: 9 Story Musts! (an excerpt from my forthcoming how-to, Writing in a Nutshell)

Here are a few of the story “Musts” that I present in my writer’s workshops: One: Action!  Hero in action, ruthlessly pursuing a meaningful goal; antagonists actively standing in the way of the onrushing hero; writer in action, channeling the story, staying out of head and experiencing from the heart; prose in action, show the reader; reader in action, receiving and experiencing the story. Two: Bloody Knuckles! Also known as “skin in the game” or “a dog in this fight.”  To write a story that Continue reading →

Jiggery-pokery and Elections and 2.0 US Fluid Ounce Pours

It’s been a dark week, a dark month, a dark year for news. Countless writers are covering current stories—some with intelligence and sensitivity, many without—and after I absorb what I can, my eyes wander and my mind leaps at the chance to follow. While perusing news-lite this morning I came across the word “rejiggering”—think it was in the Huff Post—and that made me think of jiggering, meaning a person or thing that jigs, and before you picture someone dancing wildly, remember that to jig means Continue reading →

Citizens’ Police Academy 2016

The sergeant with the Santa Fe Police Department is a detective in the gang unit. He was in the conference room of the P.D. to share his extensive expertise with us for two-and-a-half hours. We were the members of the 2016 Citizens’ Police Academy, a 12-class program for people who are interested in law enforcement issues and procedures. Years ago, as a struggling crime writer, I discovered my research methods on the (day) job. In the mid 1990s I took a position with a Santa Continue reading →

How to Write the Unbearable

The ninth day of the month is my day to guest blog on Algonquin Redux. It is a privilege. Open topic, no demanding word count, easy peasy, right? So here I am a day late. I thought of excuses, inspired by Miranda Sings—Colleen Evans’ quirky, comically witless character—and her tips on “How to Get Out of Doing Homework.” My daughter reminded me of some of her favorites from Miranda: “I have a rash. I ate too much cake. I have a disease. It’s against my Continue reading →