Category Archives: Writing

From jungle to desert to windswept island

I’m at the early idea-stage for my latest project, a fantasy novel I’ve given the working-title Possession, and I’m considering settings at the moment. Boy, are there lots of enticing options out there! A city in the dry, baking-hot desert, … Continue reading

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A hands-on answer to where ideas come from

Writers often get the question where their ideas come from, and the answers are often myriad–and vague. That’s typically not because we want to be deliberately mysterious, but because it is a kind of mysterious process. We might say we … 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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What makes something erotic, part III

I’ve been toying around with an erotic novella, and musing again on what makes something erotic. This isn’t the first time (Part I, Part II), but then this is something so nebulous and interesting, I’m sure whole bookshelves can be … 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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Proofreading: Make Word read to you

Sometimes, writing is like laying a puzzle. You’ve got some of the pieces, and they’re clean and spotless. Others seem a bit murky, or plain wrong. Maybe you got your boxes mixed up and some belong to another puzzle entirely! … Continue reading

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How the Battlestar Galactica board game can help your writing

So I’m a big fan of board games, and fortunately so is my darling husband, which means we play a lot of them. What does this have to do with writing, you wonder? Well, nothing usually… But lately I’ve begun … 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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How to quickly change problematic characters

The bread and butter of fiction is to create characters that take on a life of their own. Sometimes, though, those spur-of-the-moment actions break your plot. When your characters make mistakes, it can be pretty heartbreaking; you want nothing more … Continue reading

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