Raising The Stakes In Fiction

My brain is in OVERDRIVE again. Last night, as my husband and I sat watching the first fireworks of the night, I found myself in that familiar far-off stare that means this novel has taken yet another turn. If you’ve read my blog, you know that this novel was originally intended to be in the […]

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The Truth About Passive Protagonists

“Put yourself in the hero’s shoes and you can see that it’s a difficult passage. You’re being asked to say yes to a great unknown, to an adventure that will be exciting but also dangerous and even life threatening. It wouldn’t be a real adventure otherwise. You stand at a threshold of fear, and an […]

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Brain Traffic

Ever had a day when you can’t write a word because your brain is as busy as a twenty-lane highway?I’m having one of those days today, but it’s actually a good thing.  I’d rather have traffic than empty streets anyday.But…sometimes my brain goes into overdrive and plot twists and new conflicts arise out of every […]

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My Top 25 Things To Remember When Writing

People ask me all the time – “When is your book going to be finished?” I smile and say, “Hopefully soon.” Sometimes they’ll ask why it takes so long, and I go into a spiel about all the things involved, and every time this occurs, I am reminded of the difficult task I took on. […]

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Getting Into Character

Today’s writing session started early and ended quickly.  I found myself asking the following questions:  Is my main character flat? Am I using direct or indirect characterization? Is my story being plot driven or character driven? Here’s what I came up with:1)…The last thing I want is to write a book and then in hindsight […]

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