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Writ large

I’ve written in the past about wanting to make my story bigger. Not in word count, per se, but in feeling. The complexity of the story and characters have to be large enough–interesting enough–to carry the novel through 300+ pages. Thanks to my most wonderful critique partner, I now have some ideas for how to

Crack that WIP

Day three and I’ve already started over with Blind Fury. It’s okay because I’d only written 1600 words, and I’m up to 1800 new ones now, but still. I realized early on that the GMC I had before wasn’t working, and neither was the setting. Sometimes it can take me a while to admit that

Plotting along

I’ve mentioned before that I lean toward the pantser end of the scale, but with each subsequent book, I do more pre-planning. I know I need a pretty good idea of my destination and way points, or I’ll get completely lost, circle the midwest five times, and end up in Mexico if I’m not careful.

Plotting by the sun

The sun came back this week. I really, really needed it. Cloudy days may be perfect for staying inside and writing, but I need that bright light to keep my brain turned on. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a run in the sun. Overcast days make me want to nap, or curl up

Size matters

I’m struggling with my storyline, thinking that it’s not “big” enough. Are my villains’ (yes, there are two) motivations and goals big and interesting enough? Do I have enough layers? Do I need to flesh out my secondary characters more? Argh! In a lot of the romantic suspense books I read, the villain has a

The traveling pantser

There’s this notion that every writer is one of two types: plotter, or pantser. In the extreme, a plotter plans out the whole story from start to finish before she sits down to write. She knows how the story begins, what happens in the middle, and how the story ends, and probably has a detailed