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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

The Writing Process

Novelists On The Road

Good morning from Monterey County, California. Novelists on the road or on vacation are a different breed. For fun come join me on my two week stay at my son’s home where Proman and I are dog sitting. We decided that since this area is so rich in possibilities, we would take them one at…

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Death, Rebirth, and the Easy Life

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt Book ideas, like everything else in life,…

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The List of Twenty

A quick glance at my latest publishing contract last week provided a shocker. While my next book isn’t due for more than a year, my proposal is due next month. Here’s a quick catch-up on what “proposal” means. In traditional publishing editors usually require authors to submit their ideas ahead of time if they’re already…

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What Would You Take?

Last year about this time I was in Las Vegas. Not gambling–I didn’t even play the nickel slots. My husband and I had flown there from a summer in Western New York to start our hiking trip through the five national parks of Utah. Learning our route, our children insisted we stay at least one…

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Brainstorming 2018: Oh, the Things People Say

Brainstorming 2018 is now just a mish-mash of notes and ideas brewing in the head of each of the four members of my brainstorming group. But wow, did we accomplish a lot. If you’re late coming to the idea of brainstorming and what goes on, you can find lots about what we do here.  Meantime,…

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Now and Then in Novels

Last week I told you about Now and Then in my actual life, but every novelist lives in at least two worlds. Novelists wake up to one world every morning, but another always lives in our imaginations. Sometimes that imaginary world even creeps into our dreams. Imaginary worlds have Now and Then, too. Every story…

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The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Research

Can novelists know too much about their subject, as well as too little? Last week I shared the three stages of research that I go through as I write my novels. Stage one: Broad research to determine whether an idea is workable. Stage two: Collection of facts needed to anchor my story in reality. Stage three:…

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Five Steps Every Writer Should Take: Part Two

One thing we can say about Five Steps Every Writer Should Take: Part Two? There must have been a Part One. Good news. You can read it here. Here’s a quick summary. Last week I explored the first two steps every writer needs to take. Finding time to write, and finding the right place to…

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Plotting Your Novel: Heading Toward the Finish Line

With the exception of Thanksgiving week, I’ve spent November explaining how I plot my novels. I’ve really enjoyed creating these posts, especially when I’ve been privileged to read your ideas and incorporate them. Remember, this was a “practice” novel, inspired by a comment I overheard at breakfast one morning, and we’ve come a long way…

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