Wading Through Story

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

Lexile Score

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

A Stretch Goal

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

Ooo! Sparkly!

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!