I love Christmas time, the festivities, lights, Christmas carols and gift exchanges with loved ones. It’s also the one time of year where crisp air and snowflakes are acceptable for this southern girl living in Colorado. Every year, I like to sift through the writerly gifts and select my favorites that the hubby has given me and… Read More
I recently read a blog about how you should give your characters first dates, planning them with the precision of a real first date. The idea stopped me in my tracks. I began to think of all the interactions of my heroines with the heroes in my stories. I realized that I usually let them fall into… Read More
I’ve written quite a few posts on the amazing benefits that come from attending writers conferences, but what do you do when you can’t go? This year will be one of the first times in a while that I won’t be attending a writers conference. I love going to ACFW, but this year, I’ll be… Read More
Last week, I read a couple of articles on that mysterious, enchanting fairy that all writers talk about, voice. I have had questions from readers in the past, asking me for a definition of what voice means. So, I figured I’d write a post on my interpretation of what is the writer’s voice, does everyone have a voice… Read More
I’ve been thinking about writing a novella while still working on my novel, so after doing some research, I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve learned on the process of writing a novella. For the most part, novella writing seems to be about the same as a writing a novel, but on a much smaller… Read More
Sweaty palms, racing heart, twisting stomach and pounding head. While participating in a workshop and having your work critiqued for the very first time is absolutely gut wrenching and you might think you need to go to the hospital, creative writing workshops can be one the best things that you can do to propel your writing!… Read More
There is a sense of accomplishment that comes with the completion of the 1st draft of an entire manuscript. You’ve plowed through the unknown, sown the seeds of the plot and have reached your word count. It may seem like the hardest part is over, but I think after the 1st draft, there comes an even harder task: cultivating and nurturing the novel into a book ready and worthy of being published.
You can write the synopsis before or after you complete the novel, but I like to do it before as it helps give me direction on the story. However, if I feel that the story needs to go in a different direction, I simply update my proposal synopsis when I finish writing and am ready to send it out into the publishing world, but the trick is to make it irresistible, simple and eye-catching…kind of like a teacup of fresh fruit.
For me, the most exciting part of starting my new novel is picking out my characters names. I feel that when I finally land on their name, the characters turn around and wave at me, coming to life. I can begin picturing what they look like, how they act and what their story will be. You want to make sure that you pick one that you won’t be sick of writing by the time your novel is over…so, I suppose, it is a good way of trying out future baby names. If your spouse happens to not like your favorite baby name for your future child, well, you go ahead and give your hero/heroine that baby name!