Characters and Emotion

Over at TheWildWriters last week, Claudia Cangilla Macadam wrote a blog post describing her method of getting into a character’s emotions. She acts them out! I can’t specifically recall ever having done that, but I’m planning to give it a try. A way that I frequently use to pick up ideas for describing a character’s […]

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The Wild Writers Launch Joint Web Site

A few weeks ago, my critique group launched a joint web site/blog. Hosted by WordPress, it’s called The Wild Writers. We did this for a number of reasons. First, our combined wisdom about writing is deeper than any one of us alone could claim. Committing to writing two blog posts over the course of several […]

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Sir John Soane’s Museum

The first time we visited London, several years ago, we decided to check out this small museum. It was once the home of Sir John Soane, a great English architect. To be honest, at the time I wasn’t all that interested, but my husband thought it would be fun to see an actual home rather […]

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Research in England

I just returned from a trip to England, where my husband and I walked on the Shropshire Way with a group of friends. Afterward, we visited several towns so I could get a firsthand look at architecture, artifacts, landscape, history, and anything else to help me create believable settings for my books. Here are some […]

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Kissing Shakespeare

My debut novel… KISSING SHAKESPEARE is scheduled for publication by Delacorte Press in 2012. This story of romance, intrigue, secret alliances—and a little bit of magic—is aimed at teen readers. I’d like to thank my amazing agent, Steven Chudney, for the suggestions he made for strengthening the manuscript, and for believing in the story. I’m […]

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Outline or Seat-of-the-Pants?

I’ve always considered myself a seat-of-the-pants writer rather than an outliner. Lately I’ve been wondering if there’s an in-between technique that can also work. At the 2010 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Carol Berg did a session on alternatives to outlining. She spoke of the “minimum you must know” before putting pen to paper: Character(s) to […]

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Timeline of a Novel

Getting the timeline of a novel right can be a real challenge, and I doubt I’m the only one who struggles with it. At the beginning of a book, I resolve to keep track of the timeline as I’m writing. That works out pretty well for the first three or four chapters, before much time […]

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Writing Scenes Out of Sequence

I’d never done it before—written out of chronological order—except during revision. But after a discussion at Critique Group a few years back, I decided to give it a try.  Kissing Shakespeare was my work-in-progress at the time, so I wrote dozens of scenes as they sprang to mind, slotting them in later. And yes, I […]

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