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How Do You Solve a Problem Like...


Now that I have that song stuck in your heads, no.  Using C.C. Cedras’ post last Saturday, on characters and character development, as a jumping off point, I thought I’d give you a little more insight into our unique process as the three of us continue to map out and actually write our book series. 774 more words


'Eligible' and the Challenge of Updates

Characterization is the problem I keep worrying like a bone, as here.  I stayed up too late reading “Eligible”;  I snorted with laughter; I rejoiced in Curtis Sittenfeld’s clever updates  to plot points in the original and in her cool, dry wit. 1,741 more words

About Writing

Novel Writing: Writing In The You

“You hear a sound.  Hesitate.  Nothing.  You continue on in the darkness.  There, that sound again.”

Creative writing tutors call this type of narrative second person viewpoint, as opposed to first person or third.  130 more words



Affirmations-366Days#148: When I receive an acceptance for publication, I savor it. I celebrate every writing success, big and small. They are encouragement to continue the work. 20 more words


murder by numbers; or, my struggle with outlining

Outlining and I don’t get along.

Teachers in high school are so pro-outlining that you expect they all belong to some secret outlining cult where they sacrifice stressed high school students and their stressfully written papers to the Higher God of Outlining. 932 more words


The Draft is Finished; Time for the Home Stretch

Good news, folks! Dire Fate, draft 4, is officially complete! It has been for about two weeks now, if I’m being completely honest, but I didn’t have time to write a blog post about it because practically right after it was finished, I was packing up to go spend the week with family. 317 more words

Aspiring Author

Don't read this blog in the shower. . . #fridayinterview #crimefiction @crifilover

“Remember, Norman is sick, not truly evil, and we’ll see him as he struggles to cure that sickness by driving ‘Mother’ out of his psyche altogether.” 34 more words