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Breaking through the wall

What do you do when you hit a wall in your writing? I’m under a tight—self-imposed—deadline to get Blind Justice to my editor and I was absolutely stuck on how to approach the climactic scene. I only work with loose outlines and don’t usually have a solid idea for the ending until I’m more than

Why Disney kills off the parents

Have you ever noticed that children’s books and movies love to kill off the parents? Or at least get them out of the picture so the fun can start. Disney especially seems to like orphans as protagonists. Think about it. Snow White, Dumbo, Bambi, Aladdin, The Lion King, Jungle Book, Tarzan, Little Orphan Annie, Harry

Scrivener for plotters with Hope Ramsay

For something different—and to celebrate the start of my Scrivener online classes today (it’s not too late to sign up)—I thought you might enjoy learning how someone besides me uses Scrivener. Hope Ramsay is the bestselling author of contemporary romances in the Last Chance series. She’s also a pretty savvy Scrivener user. She was generous enough

Plotting for NaNoWriMo & Winners

I’ve always thought of myself as a pantser, despite the fact that my left brain generally rules all other areas of my life. So I was surprised to find potential scene lists for my first two manuscripts while flipping through old notebooks the other day. Apparently I did more planning in the early days than

It’s all in my head

My husband caught me standing in front of my computer staring off into space once. “What are you doing?” he asked. Me: “Working.” I’ve been doing a lot of that kind of work lately. Hours and hours of it. It’s directly related to the revise-and-resubmit letter I got from an editor a couple weeks ago.

Facing the abyss

Every time I talk about my evolving writing process, I’m sure my long-time blog followers just roll their eyes and think, “Again?” Watching me over the last two years has been like the proverbial tennis match where I’m the ball bouncing between Plotting and Pantsing. My first three books—and two in there that went unfinished—were