Ah, the Jackson 5 song says it all. I’m done with my newest novel, tentatively titled, “This Worthy Heart,” and I can’t let it go. Just cannot, cannot cannot send it to my editor. One more read through, one more edit. And now that I’m re-reading Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel, I have aContinue reading “Never can say goodbye….”
Reading or re-reading Writing the Breakout Novel is so enlightening after hitting my third published novel. I know I read this a ton of years ago, but I’m seeing new things even in the introduction. For example, in the foreward, for goodnss sake, Donald Maas says he took an informal survey of how readers choseContinue reading “Maas the Man”
Writing the first draft of a novel is like opening the door to someone’s oven to smell fresh baking cookies and not knowing what type they are until the aroma unfolds and touches the sensitive neurons in your brain and makes that electric connection. For a novel, the questions are more interesting: Who will liveContinue reading “The Surprises of a Novel”
Does anyone feel the desperation in the week preceding Nanowrimo? I do. I’m editing for the God-Who-Knows-How-Many-Times my Body of Fear novel. I hope to work with the amazing and talented Jill Swenson @SwenBooks so there’s some stress there, hoping I’m good enough to even grovel at her feet. If not, maybe she can takeContinue reading “Desperation preceding the Storm”
I’m at that point in my new novel, tentatively named, Taming a Wild Heart, where I’m putting all the chapters together and then doing an initial read through. Very exciting. Put my mystery novel and my world building novels on hold to do this. Anyone else have several, competing projects going?
Thinking about nano is always such a terror ridden puke in your mouth event. I never know what to write, which is really, really bad as I am the Municipal Liaison for the Fox Cities and a darned crappy one, if I say so myself. I go to a bunch (alright a few) kickoffs andContinue reading “Gearing up for Nanowrimo 2015”