Goals & Rainbows

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”  ~ Douglas Pagel  These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to…

National Novel Writing Month UPDATE

Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog of late — I’ve been blogging daily over at “Delve Into NaNo” providing helpful tips, exercises, and assorted bits of inspiration for those participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Whether you’re NaNo-ing or not, I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!    

Mission Impossible

Your Journey Should You Choose to Accept It

Today I’m sharing a tool that can help you craft your story, regardless of what stage you’re in (planning, plotting, writing, editing).  I’d like to say it’s my best-kept secret for writing successful fiction, but that would be a lie.  The “secret” is a basic pattern found over centuries in narratives around the world:  The…

Alice and the White Rabbit

The Rabbit Hole of Naming

Some writers don’t worry much about naming.  They slap a label on a character and run with it.  Other writers dive down the rabbit hole and put excessive amounts of research, thought, planning and creativity into naming.  I’m in the latter camp, so thought I’d share with you some of the things I consider before…

a Plotting Grid filled in

The Plotting Grid and Synopses

As I promised last week, I’m back with a report on using The Plotting Grid to create a synopsis for the as-yet-unwritten sequel to my Work-in-Progress (WIP).  The Grid is a great tool for planning a story at any stage of inception, but I find it particularly helpful with writing a synopsis – just “fill…

Agents B, D, E, F, G and C

This week has been a good one in the ongoing saga of manuscript submissions. As you may recall, my writing demons —try as they did— could not prevent me from submitting “partials” of my manuscript to Agent A (who subsequently rejected it), and to a new addition to my roster, Agent D (who I’m waiting…

Demon Ruckus and Lessons to Live By

Some time ago I set out to blog about my process and progress getting my manuscript into the hands of three agents who requested it:  Agents A, B, and C.  (See my original blog posts here.) During that first week of blogging, I sent 50 pages to Agent A as per her request.  A short…