I was reading a book the other day (and let me say straight off that it was AWESOME and the following commentary is not meant to convey anything less than pure enjoyment of the book as a whole) and something jumped out at me. “He (she) tasted of….” Fill in the blank with whatever seemingly… Continue reading Jumping out at me
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
This year at Romance Writers of America’s annual conference, I received my 25-book pin from Harlequin. I spent a week in Atlanta attending the conference while my work piled up at home. Deadlines grew tighter with each day I was at conference. But it was worth it. Now, I have two weeks to write 50,000… Continue reading Deadline Hell
Last week, I had a timeshare week that hubby and I forgot about. It was not far from where I live now…about 2.5 hours. It’s a nice condo and hubby suggested I go up for a week and write. I know me. I need a foot in the a$$ sometimes to get the job done.… Continue reading Does Peer Pressure Work?
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
Pffft! If you are like me, you have kids home for the summer. Or you planted a garden a month ago and the weeds have started a stranglehold on those beautiful plants. Or the weather is so nice you find yourself outside … at the lake … riding your horse … going to see that… Continue reading Summertime… time to write?
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