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Did I dazzle you?

“Did I dazzle you? Did I jump off the page?” Those two lines are from the movie 21, which my husband and I watched over the weekend. I actually liked it, but what really stuck with me were those two lines. In the movie, those words are thrown back in the face of a professor

What’s the big(ger) idea?

How do you write a “bigger book”? Yes, I’ve blogged about this before, but a recent series by one of my new favorite writing resources–yes, Larry Brooks over at storyfix.com–helped the concept of “writing big” finally click in my brain. He seems to be helping things click a lot lately. Not sure if it’s Mr.

What a character

I admire how writers like Suzanne Brockmann can make characters who seem so real they practically step out of the book and shake your hand. They’re like old friends by the time the book is done. I was lucky enough to attend a chapter meeting on Saturday where another master writer, Linda Howard, presented a

What does he want?

I’ve started my next MS. Actually, I’m working on two of them at once–a first for me. Not sure it’s a good idea, but we’ll see what happens. My contemporary is coming along nicely. I have GMC pretty well in hand, and I’ve written the first few scenes. Blind Fury on the other hand, is

What you can learn from children and Toyota

What do kids and Toyota have in common? They ask “why?” a lot. If you’ve ever spent time around a child, you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon of endless whys. Children are masters at digging deep. In the world of manufacturing, Toyota and its world-renowned manufacturing system are the same way. (In spite of their recent

Put it in perspective

I was commenting on Larry Brooks’ upcoming deconstruction of Avatar over at storyfix.com, when I realized something about characterization: it’s all about perspective. Yeah, I know this is nothing new, but for some reason it clicked. You see, I didn’t expect to like Avatar. I’d heard that there was no plot, just pretty special effects. Well,

The next dimension

Now that my (very) rough draft is complete, I’m working my way through Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass, and applying it to my current MS. Chapter 2 is called Opening Extra Character Dimensions, and it is a real eye opener. It’s a great exercise–similar to one I did at a workshop by