Musings

Daily Progress Report

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AW: 480 words + plotting Daily Goal: met I did all my set up in Storybook tonight, entering all my characters, locations, and plot threads.  Then did a little more work on the wedding scene that brings Kensie back to Lawley.  And I will admit it.  Yes, I really did create a love interest for […]

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New Working Title

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I’ve been trying to think up a new title for House of Cards since I started the last rewrite in–I guess it was January or February. The card aspect got cut, relegated to another book sometime, so the title was no longer applicable. It’s gone through various totally not serious incarnations since, House of No […]

Editing/Revision

A Change Of Plans

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I was all set to write a post about series, as that’s what I have been giving a great deal of thought to since Sunday, when I finally sat down with this month’s issue of The Writer and read through a few excellent articles on series characters and started thinking about what sort of woman […]

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Spewdraft

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Candace Havens is starting a new round of Fast Draft in her Workshops this week. This rather astonishing program is intended for you to have a full first draft in 2 weeks. Fourteen little days of insanity during which you are required to send your internal editor packing and give yourself permission to write a […]

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What I Want In A Heroine

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So it’s Villain Month, and I should technically be thinking about my villain.  And I am–both of them.  The ruthless CEO against whom Rowan will be testifying and also the stalker she encounters in her new location.  In preparation I’m reading John Douglas’s Obsession to get myself more in that mindset.  But what I find […]

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Daily Progress Report

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Without A Past: 1118 Daily Goal: Met And we’re off! Well it wasn’t shabby for first day out in ages. There a section that I need to expand and write as a flashback to make more of an impact, but I’m pretty pleased. I got through my opening scene and figured out a few of […]

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Back In The Saddle Again…

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It’s been almost 2 months since I’ve really written anything.  I did some decent work on TD after we returned from our fabulous Colorado vacation, but then Angel died and everything went to hell.  As I have documented in earlier posts (1, 2, 3), I have been working on a new WIP, tentatively titled Without […]

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Is There A Patch To Help Quit Pantsing?

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I’ve been working a great deal on plot for Without A Past this week.  After a lengthy brainstorming session with Pot last night, I think I’ve got the first third of the story plotted out.  Historically, that would have been plenty for me to be off and running–because for me, the first third of any […]

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The Lengths of Research

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Being a scientist, I am professionally trained to research.  If it’s an academic question, I can troll the stacks with the best of them and (more often) find exactly what I want through various means online (a trait which makes me invaluable to my boss who has no such skill).  But researching for a novel […]