I have a transition in my current work-in-progress that has been giving me headaches for a while now. It shouldn't be so difficult—I'm just moving the main character from one scene location to another—but every time I try to revise it, I still get that niggling “this isn't working” feeling. And, okay, I've had readers … Continue reading 10 Suggestions for Writing Transitions
The year I felt profoundly moved to pursue publication for my novels was—you guessed it—the same year that I got pregnant (after years of infertility, too, which makes it doubly ironic). I jumped into the querying game when my daughter was barely a year old, and sold my first book not long after her third … Continue reading How To Write As A Stay-At-Home Parent
When I first started writing, I was working in romantic comedy. I didn’t really need to plot. We all know how those go: a “meet-cute” followed by a series of internal and external obstacles that keep the two characters apart, a kiss near the mid-point to show us why they should be together, more obstacles, … Continue reading Confessions of a Reformed Pantser
I've been working on a revision of a project and, as I was thinking over the events that took place, I realized that many of the scenes take place in very vague settings. The main character's house, for example. I have a clear idea in my head of what some of the rooms and the … Continue reading Sketching Your Setting
In my post from last month, "How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?" I talked about how authors of young adult books are including more profanity, sexual situations, drug use, and other controversial content in their novels. I was really curious to find out in greater detail what readers of all ages … Continue reading Survey Analysis: How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?
“Is this a kissing book?” Oh hell, yes. Those are the best kind. The secret to writing a good kissing book is: don’t have too much kissing. I KNOW. It seems counterintuitive. And yet it’s true. Because you know what we love more than the kissing even if we don’t realize it? The stuff leading … Continue reading The Secret to Writing Good Kissing Books
Life is like Lego, and so is writing. We all have our own bin, full of everything we’ve experienced on a sensory, intellectual, and emotional level. Yes, there are probably more levels than that, but I'm trying to be brief here. Some of the pieces in our tub? They match the pieces in other people’s … Continue reading The Lego Effect: Why It’s Okay to Have the Same Ideas