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Old work

I’ve been working on Scrivener For Dummies nearly non-stop since the end of February, but I finished edits last week, which means I can finally focus my efforts on my fiction again. I have four completed manuscripts under my belt, but I have at least as many that I’ve started and not finished for one

Putting it all on the line

I’ve been stuck in revision mode for the past week or so, kind of stymied by how to go at my plot changes. I was brainstorming–my husband was nice enough to point out a gaping plot hole on the way back from the boys’ swim meet at Auburn on Sunday–and trying to talk to my

Nashville or combust

I worked at a semiconductor manufacturing plant for about two years as a manufacturing engineer. For the first 18 months or so, we were in the process of installing new tools and bringing them online while simultaneously ramping up production. The executives liked to compare what we were doing to building an airplane while in

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

Almost the end

Yesterday, I wrote the last sentence of my current MS. Well, kind of. I finished the first draft (very rough). Yay!! Okay, but now I have to add the scenes that I know are missing, fill in plot holes, plant seeds of emotion and conflict back in earlier chapters, and begin The Big Revision. My

The End is just the beginning

Most non-writers believe that once you type “The End”, you’re done. Hah! Far from it. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve revised Counting on You (a.k.a. COY) since I “finished” it. The first couple of revisions were based on things I’d learned (through workshops, books on writing, and experience) since starting