Category Archives: Before and After the Wedding

Looking back at 2014: Tough choices, new direction

Another year has gone by–would it be too cliché to say it seems time flies? Looking back on this year, I think it’s safe to say that day-job-wise, it’s been the most stressful year of my life and I finally … Continue reading

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Before and After the Wedding – Lucky Seven Snippet

So my friend Char Newcomb tagged me for #luckyseven, a funny Twitter writers’ exercise where you post–you guessed it–7 sentences from your work-in-progress. The rules are as follows: Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript. Go to … Continue reading

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The worst writing advice I ever received

If you’ve ever thought about writing and intrepidly googled writing advice, chances are you got a whole lot of hits. Writing seems to be a subject that a lot of people have opinions about. After all, if you’ve read a … Continue reading

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Why reading is creative

I think everyone can agree that writing is a creative endeavor, but so, I think, is reading. That’s because the book only comes alive inside your brain. Does that sound weird? Consider this sentence from Before and After the Wedding, … Continue reading

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Dual returns

So I lasted about three days without writing after finishing Before and After the Wedding before I started getting restless, and now I’m back at writing again. I decided to take stock of Dual before deciding what to work on … Continue reading

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Before and After the Wedding done… again!

Yes, that’s right, yesterday I finished Before and After the Wedding, my angsty, dark, erotic marriage-in-trouble romance, again! Unlike in the movies where writers seem to type up a perfect draft from scratch, hit “THE END”, and send it off … Continue reading

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The Balancing Act of Finishing a Book

The closer I get to the end of a book, the more it starts feeling like a balancing act. I’m down to it now with Before and After the Wedding, weighing everything, and arguing with myself about the direction to … Continue reading

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End of 2013

Well, 2013 is drawing to a close–I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I’m on vacation, which is just bliss I must say. Lots of time to spend with hubby, board games, and writing of course. Looking back … Continue reading

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First draft and editing–back at work on Before and After the Wedding

It’s funny how each part of the writing process brings such different skills and benefits to it–and downsides too, I suppose. Having just experimented with first draft material for a month, I can testify to the sheer exhilaration of creating … Continue reading

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Exhilaration and fear of a First Draft

There’s something almost magical about sitting down to write something new. I often do it with very little idea of what I’m going to be writing about. Sometimes a core scene will hit me out of the blue and I’ll … Continue reading

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