Category: Writing Thoughts

Character Sketches: Take Two

So I’ve been doing the sketches, which is like pre-writing with real writing, and it’s taking some adjusting. I’ve got the main characters and the main plot for the first book and a ‘controversy’ for the next book. Over it all I have a vague/hazy idea about what the main, overarching plot should be for…

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Thanks to Elizabeth George

I finished reading Write Away, Elizabeth George’s take on novel writing. She writes mysteries and her approach is totally different than mine. I’m one of those people who writes and then sorts it all out later. But, being between projects at the moment, and seeing as how I wanted to try my hand at a…

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First Book ‘o the Year: Emma

Today I finished my first book of the year: Emma, by Jane Austen. An oldie but goodie. However, it took a second book that I just began reading today (Write Away by Elizabeth George) to remind me why Jane Austen rocks, even for someone who has been dead for…well, for quite a while. In the…

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Working on New Stuff: Weirdness

It’s weird to be working on something outside my comfort zone. Novels for adults=Fine. I can handle that. So far I’ve finished two first drafts. I could put in as many curse words, as much violence, as much sex as I wanted. But it’s so weird writing something geared toward a younger crowd (my guesstimation…

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A New, Fruity Metaphor

Recently I chit-chatted about ‘refilling the well’ of creativity. The only problem I have with that is that I don’t feel like a well. I feel more like a grape. When I’m working on a big project, or a pretty steady stream of little projects, I begin like a grape–round and ripe and full of…

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Writing Friends…Keep ‘Em

Once upon a time, I had a class with a prof who argued that writers do not write in a vaccuum–and many times directly collaborate. Her main focus was on Romantic and Victorian literature. Lots and lots of emphasis on how Wordsworth and Coleridge were buds and eventually rivals. Lots of focus on the Bronte…

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