Purple ink decorates the last forty pages of Calyn’s story. (My writing students might have a good idea of how that must look. My goal today is to get a goodly chunk of these change into the computer by noon. I have lots of other things to do today. UPDATE: I pushed on until12:20. When things are rolling, it’s good … More Wading Through Story
Well, I did go through the rest of Calyn’s story on paper. It will take time to get these corrections and new scenes transferred into the computer. But I like how things are working. Fortunately for me, a lot of the description from the earlier version can be moved around and re-used. I have another … More Status on Stretch Goal?
First Page Panda is a relatively new blog that shares the first pages of new novels. SUSPECT was posted today. This does look like a great place to taste books by familiar and unfamiliar authors.
Once upon a time, I used to do the combination grammar/spell checker with Microsoft Word on my middle grade novels and short stories. I’d reach the end where I’d find that I was writing on the 12th grade level. Well, it wasn’t a matter of dumbing things down. It’s a matter of accessbility and meeting … More Lexile Score
Robin McKinley recently posted this: “If I Want to Make Myself Do Something, Mention It on the Blog.” I don’t have her readership, of course. But I’m going to put a stretch goal on my blog: I’m going to wrap up an extremely rough draft of the last 30 pages of Calyn’s story this week. Then … More A Stretch Goal
Writers are magpies. We can’t help ourselves. If we see something interesting, we want to twist it into our plots, our settings, our characterizations. Weaving these things into story can often be safe. My extended family can’t help but notice little scraps of our lives turning up here and there in my books. In SUSPECT, for example, … More Ooo! Sparkly!
I probably spent a couple of weeks on the chapter that I just hacked out of my manuscript. I liked it. It had fun and drama. But today I decided that Calyn just wouldn’t risk it–not with what she has at stake. Fortunately, a few other ideas rose up to take its place. Of course, those … More Poof! 4000 Words Gone with one Click