Today, I read this fabulous blog post on drafting your novel and exactly how much work goes into it the second, eighth, and eighteenth time around the same manuscript. A LOT. Catherine is a blogger who I randomly found via WordPress but whose posts I’m going to start following. If only for commiseration and more … More #Fridayblogging — How Many Drafts Did You Do Of Your Book?
You start imagining what your characters would do in this situation. (“Shayna would never put up with this shit.”) You cast your book-turned-into-a-movie with today’s list of stars. (Guillaume Canet, je t’aime http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0133899/bio ) You hear anecdotes and mentally file them away for your next chapter. (A cane, yes, that will do…) No one in … More How to know you’re a writer #amwriting #writeon
A very talented writer friend of mine shared this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC430F6A783A88697. In it, Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, describes how he learned story structure from a Star Trek role play kit. Re-read that again. Coming from a long line of nerds, I was impressed this Mr. Wells recognized the inherent … More Tips for writers #amwriting #amtipping #DanWells
When I first got into the books, I made the very rookie mistake of reading them all. As fast as humanly possible. Little did I know at the time that George R.R. Martin writes by his own rules and will only publish a book when he is 100% happy with it. As should we all. … More Game of Thrones cometh! #GoT #geekout #season5
After 5 months of waiting and finagling and looking for every possible back alley means of smuggling my diploma from the French Harvard, the Sorbonne University in Paris, to Los Angeles, it has finally arrived! The administration lost my request for my diploma at least three different times and even the US Post Office insisted … More My face when I came home and found my MASTERS DIPLOMA waiting for me!! #joyofjoys
You will get contacts or glasses. Eventually. But won’t look near as cute as Zooey Deschanel.
Spending time with author friends is the best! Not only are you constantly trading ideas (as in all art, it just happens, it’s art by osmosis) but the amount of untold stories becomes staggering in cities everywhere. I never realize how many lives my friends have lived until you sit down and ask the random … More Networking