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Romance. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. Whether comedy or drama, whether he’s getting her or she’s getting him, that’s the basic format, but not all three components have to be involved in the novel. Boy … Continue reading
I’m starting the new year with two truths about my writing: (1) I finished the first draft Ride to the Altar in late December 2017, and (2) it’s a mess. A colossal mess. One of the reasons it’s so messy is that … Continue reading
The first novel I ever wrote was a mystery. More precisely, it was a mish-mash police procedural-cozy-suspense/thriller with a romance subplot. I used my experience watching Law and Order as my guide and sole source of investigative and procedural techniques. For the rest, … Continue reading
I forgot to write a post for Monday. I don’t know why. I’m late today, but this time I do know why–I can’t think what to write about. The only thing that comes to mind is the Chili Cook-off we had at … Continue reading
When you’re awake at three a.m. agonizing over your manuscript, whose voice do you hear? What is it saying? If you’re hearing your characters working out their tough scene, you’re in good shape. If you’re hearing the encouraging cheer of someone who … Continue reading
Once upon a time, I wrote a post about the “powers-that-be” and the wisdom of ignoring them about half the time. I should’ve taken my own advice. Rules change, and what’s the “right thing to do” today won’t be right … Continue reading
What do you think of “Glenna Galloway”? Good name for an Irish mystery/thriller writer? The consensus is that if an author wants to write in different genres, she should have different names for each genre–unless they’re closely related. As Linda … Continue reading