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The Writing Process 2015

Six Things I Learned from When We Were Sisters

Yippee, it’s launch day for When We Were Sisters! Today When We Were Sisters arrives at stores. Those of you who pre-ordered from online bookstores like Amazon or Barnes and Noble will probably find your copy in the mail or on your e-reader today.  I hope you enjoy it. Would you like an autographed copy? I have…

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Writing Process 2015: What I Learned

I remember saying not too long ago that I was finished with my Writing Process 2015 posts, because, hey, it’s 2016. What I didn’t take into account? The book I wrote in 2015, the one I detailed in all those posts, will be at bookstores on June 1, 2016. So while the year has changed, When We Were…

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The Writing Process 2015: What Happens After “The End?”

My deadline was November 1. This was a carved-in-stone, don’t-you-dare-be-late, the-heavens-will-collapse deadline. I turned in When We Were Sisters exactly on time. It’s now November 17th and the book seems to be happily napping, all curled up and dreaming about its June debut, somewhere between “written” and “edited.”Am I surprised? Unhappy? Perplexed? Nope. I’m a writer with…

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The Writing Process 2015: Saying Goodbye to Characters

Are you a fan of classic movies? Remember all the times a novelist–usually madly typing on a vintage typewriter–finished his book with a flourish, and as the camera moved over his shoulder, typed “The End.” He (it’s usually a he) ripped the paper out of his machine, stuffed it, along with a huge stack of similar pages, into a manila envelope…

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The Writing Process 2015: Writer’s Block

A day late here. Blogger writer’s block? Quite possibly. Why not my blog along with everything else? I’ll confess I’m not a big fan of the phrase “writer’s block.” For a long time I’ve believed that it might be shorthand for: “I’m interested in other things right now.” Or possibly: “The story’s not coming easily anymore so…

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The Writing Process 2015: Multitasking for Novelists

If you’re new to The Writing Process 2015, these posts are a chance to share my journey through my latest novel, starting right at ground zero. What do you get when you cross promotion and creativity? Nothing simple, that’s for sure. Truthfully sometimes you get a cranky novelist who loses the thread when she’s writing her new…

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The Writing Process 2015: The Dreaded Sagging Middle

These posts are a chance to share my journey through my latest novel, When We Were Sisters, starting at ground zero. Today let’s talk about the dreaded sagging middle. Just so you know? I have nothing valuable to say about diets, aging or new exercises to tighten your abs. But since I’m in the middle…

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The Writing Process 2015: Finding the Right Details

If you’re new to The Writing Process 2015, these posts are a chance to share my journey through my latest novel, starting right at ground zero. Today let’s talk about finding the right details for your story. We’re about to pull our biannual house switcheroo. This means that we are entertaining a steady stream of visitors…

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