Category craft

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Revision or Work in Progress II

Following up on my “Work in Progress” post, I got back the notes for my next book. The good news is that I did not want to cry. And I don’t have to drastically rethink the story. And I do feel overwhelmed. But I’ve already buckled in for the revision ride. Which promptly came to […]

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Works in Progress

I’ve been MIA on the blogging front. Ironically because I’ve been busy promoting Endurance but also distracted by life as well as crunching out a draft of Book 2, which follows Endurance and is now safely out for critique. With that off my desk, I launched into Book 3, which is incredibly exciting. I love […]

My First Solo Author Reading

Last week I gave my first solo reading. And it was in person. I hadn’t done any public reading since my short story collection came out, but that hardly mattered. There’s a huge difference between being given five to ten minutes with a bunch of other authors and having to fill an entire hour by […]

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Setting: A Sense of Place

Have you ever been on a cruise? I’ve only done it once, a small-ship cruise in Alaska’s Inside Passage. The ship had about a hundred tourists and we were able to go into smaller coves and closer to the glaciers than the big Princess ship we saw a few times along the route. The contrast […]

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A Question of Character

There’s much discussion among writer about how to craft characters and reader questions about how writers come up with their characters. Are they based on real people? I’m surprised at the number of writers who admit they are. I can’t imagine that. I mean, lately when I’m deep in the writing and I’m trying to […]

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