Category Archives: Craft

Inspiration

As a published novelist, a question that pops up frequently in conversations is, “Where do you get your ideas?” The world around me is a constant source of inspiration, though I rarely stay in the here-and-now for more than a … Continue reading

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Revision Round-Up

I’ve been doing some revision work this weekend and thought I’d share a few recent and not-so-recent but much loved articles on the subject. After all, you can never have too many tools in the toolbox when a challenging rewrite … Continue reading

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Motivation: Are My Characters Internally Consistent?

Motivation. Why does a character, or a real-live person, do what they do? How are their actions consistent with their core beliefs even when those acts might seem to be at odds with their public persona? Conflict may be the … Continue reading

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Polishing – Another Name for Revision

After taking a couple of weeks away from my manuscript, I’m ready to move into the ‘polishing’ phase. Taking that rough nugget I created in a flurry of typing and turning it into something sparkly enough to attract an agent … Continue reading

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Emotional Discipline

A recent newsletter from Jessica Page Morrell included her musings on the subject of emotional intelligence. I began reading expecting it to be about the logic of my character arc. It wasn’t. It was about me–and every other writer out … Continue reading

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