Too Much Sighing

  Writers know that emotion is an important part of a story. It draws the reader in and gets them invested in what is happening. It allows them to become emotionally attached to the characters (good or bad) and either cheer them on or applaud their demise. Just a Sigh… There are passages in my…

Wanted: One Magic Lamp

The last chapter has been written, and I’m officially calling my story “done.” Now what? My office was a sorry sight. I’d been in there with my face glued to the computer screen for so long, I didn’t realize what a confused jumble it had become. I don’t do well with jumble. I also knew…

Hat Trick

It’s difficult to switch from writer to reader. I’m in the final phase of editing, and I’m reading my middle-grade mystery for the umpteenth time to see if it flows, hits the vital plot points, and becomes something the reader will, hopefully, have difficulty putting down. The reader in me dives in, and becomes engrossed…

One Page at a Time

I’ve finally reached the place where editing is an almost pleasant experience. I seem to have evolved past the feeling of panic and hopelessness that plagued me on earlier drafts. I’m done questioning whether or not my story has merit. The piles of drafts on the floor under my desk will soon be shredded, along…

My Weekend Pity Party

Going forward, unfortunately, involves going back. At least, that’s what I encountered this weekend on the “home stretch” of my middle grade novel. I succumbed to the “WILL THIS EVER BE DONE?” pity party on Saturday, and did not turn my computer on until Sunday afternoon. I tidied up, and went to a symphony concert…

Fine Tuning in the Editing Pond

I’ve donned my waterproof boots (perhaps I should be wearing hip waders!) as I slosh my way through the third draft of my middle-grade mystery. My editor is a godsend – she provided me with detailed notes/comments and meets with me after each quadrant so that we can discuss what is amazing (whoohoo!) and what…

Write When You’re Not Writing

  If I were to ask you to describe a writer, what would your response be? If someone posed that question to me, initially I’d describe someone hard at work at a desk, typing, staring into a computer screen, or balling up wads of paper and tossing them into a wastebasket (perhaps as they tear…

Creative Efficiency and Rubber Bands

Think big, think small. Imagine the entire story, but don’t forget the smallest of details.  Sometimes my mind feels like a rubber band, stretching to its outer limit while remaining stationary and focused.  As a writer, I have to be able to do both. The first draft of my story is complete in all of…

Details – How Much is Too Much?

Details play a huge role in any story.  The reader learns who the main character is, where he/she came from, what happens, and finally, how it ends.  With the first sentence you write, the reader is provided with bits and pieces of information that draws them into the story. So how much detail do you…