Photo by Alex Mihis on pexels.com “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost While you might be fascinated by your subject, impressed by the intricate plot you have woven, thinking is not enough to sustain meaningful, powerful story, whether it is… Continue reading Passion in the Writer, Passion in the Reader
Photo courtesy of Lum3n.com on pexels.com I typed THE END THE END THE END across the page, saved everything in several places, closed the computer. That was it for the first draft of my novel. I’d close it down formally the next day, with additional back-up, notes, and ideas for further development. An hour later,… Continue reading When the End Isn’t the End of the Story
Yesterday, I had the great good pleasure of chatting on Facebook with Laura Heffernan about Sweet Reality, her latest novel. Effervescent and wide-open fun, our conversation zipped, darted, and turned upside down the way that I have always believed that a novel was written. I write the ending first, she said and laughed. My agent… Continue reading Ways to Thrive as a Writer: Write the End Before the Beginning
Dear Kelly Kandra Hughes: After reading my post “Write a Dog,” you suggested that I read Patricia Maclachlan’s The Poet’s Dog. Tell me what you think, you added. Here’s what I think: This is the exact book that I needed to read, at the exact right time. The story is spare, simple, elegant. A dog saves… Continue reading Thank You, Kelly!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins today. Hundreds of thousands of us around the world have committed ourselves to writing 50,000 word novels by the end of November 30. No big deal, right? How hard can it be to blither words onto the page? It depends. NaNoWriMo is more about resistance to writing a novel… Continue reading NaNoWriMo is Easy — Except When It’s Hard
When you are writing your first draft of your novel — as many of us will be throughout November’s NaNoWriMo adventure, be careful what you read. Do Not Read About Writing It might be best for your confidence and productivity if you steer away from writing craft books. Even the most trusted and most benign-seeming writing books will… Continue reading What to Read While Drafting Your Own Story
The Author Toolbox Blog Hop is “a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful.” Want to jump into the writing tool box? Search #AuthorToolboxBlogHop or… Continue reading The Care and Feeding of Real Characters #AuthorToolboxBlogHop