I’m a list maker and a goal setter. I start my day with a little note pad and I write down what I need to accomplish before I crawl back into bed. Kind of OCD but I can’t seem to get through the day without something to check off and I get a feeling of… Continue reading Re-defining goals
When I begin a new project, I start with the main premise, the setting, the characters, and basically everything except the subplot. I generally write subplot as I write the first draft with no planning involved. I depend on my characters to dictate their own subplots, and that usually works for me. (Although my current… Continue reading Subplots: The Other Stories in the Story
I write books while sleeping. It sounds weird and maybe impossible, but it’s true. About eighty percent of my main plot comes to me while I’m snoozing. I’ve often discussed the secret of my plotting with friends and interested parties and it never fails to garner curious questions. There is a lot of research out… Continue reading My Plotting Secret
Voirey Linger As I write this, I’m staring at a story that is over two-thirds written. I love my characters. I love how they interact and how their relationship is moving along. There is romance, angst, joy, serious tragedy and humor. Sounds great, right? Except it’s not. I wrote out that black moment and this… Continue reading When the Story Falls Apart
Stephen King once said, “Any word you have to hunt for in the thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” One of my worst habits in writing a first draft is repeating words and phrases. Sorry, Mr. King. I know I’m not alone in saying this, but I’ve done my… Continue reading In Other Words by Sandra Jones
As some of you might know, I frequent a board that has a lot of new and young writers. It can be interesting to see some of the same questions I had as a new writer coming up, time and time again. It’s a reminder of what it felt like to be new and hungry,… Continue reading Editing… What Does It Mean?
As a former art teacher, when I’m writing a novel, I’m often reminded of painting an artwork. You begin with a blank page as you would a canvas. You have an idea where you’re going and some things you’re going to need to include to get to the end product. But first you’ve got to… Continue reading Painting the Landscape