Don’t get me wrong. I truly love the editing tool of Word that allows me to replace character names with a few keystrokes. But keep in mind that some truly amusing and annoying problems can crop up if you don’t think through things carefully enough. For example, let’s say that you decided that a character should … More The Dangers of Find and Replace
Many writers like Google alerts. It’s a great way to see what’s going on with their latest book, especially for those of us who aren’t New York Times bestsellers. After all, people don’t feel the need to put up a bad review for relatively unknown authors. But today a review of SAVING THE GRIFFIN popped … More Narnia in Reverse
I have a ritual for finishing books. I don’t type “The End” until I reach the end. While I was really, really close to having a complete draft of Calyn’s story, I just spent a goodly chunk of the morning editing the last 44 pages by hand and then getting those changes into the computer. … More Typing “The End” on Calyn’s Story
I enjoyed my time fielding questions during my time as guest author during my time at The Writer’s Retreat. One question about pacing made me think about how to use Darcy Pattison’s shrunken manuscript technique as a way to make sure that red herrings and clues are being distributed throughout the manuscript. In that post, … More Tracking Red Herrings
I’ll be serving as the guest author for THE WRITERS’ RETREAT December 6th-8th at the Institute of Children’s Literature’s website. The basic topic is mystery plotting, but I’ll also go into setting, characterization and so on.
I was fiddling with the ending of Calyn’s story again today and noticed that I was supposedly working on Chapter 16. I knew that wasn’t right, so I went back to discover which chapter I was really on. Interestingly enough, I only had to switch a “2” for the “1” to transform the heading from … More Ten New Chapters