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When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to be WRITING A NOVEL that I ended up writing a lot of scenes that had nothing to do with the actual plot. But I didn't care because it was so fun to be WRITING A NOVEL! When I finished the first draft I was so thrilled to see my own words on the page that I didn't consider that readers might be confused by the superfluous scenes sprinkled throughout the manuscript. I found them entertaining enough to include simply because I'd written them. That was enough for me.
My agent, however, had other ideas. She had me cut out several scenes, gently explaining to me that, although mildly amusing, they had nothing to do with the…Continue
Somet imes, a song enters my mind and becomes the soundtrack for the scene I’m writing, particularly if the scene includes Oliver--the main character of my new book In the Shadow of Lies--who shares my love of music. Early in the book, he sits in the dark listening to Billie Holiday sing “Gloomy Sunday.” If the reader knows the song, she knows something significant about Oliver and may begin to wonder what has caused him to seek comfort in that song.
Music evokes a mood, creates the feeling of a certain time and place. I wanted to create that three-dimensional experience for the reader, so I quoted some lyrics, wove them into the narrative. But once the manuscript was revised and edited, and my brain cleared, I began to wonder whether copyright law permitted me to use them.
A couple weeks ago I had an article published in Publishers Weekly about third-way publishing, something I’ve blogged about here at She Writes. A lot of the comments, especially those that stirred me up, had to do with terms—who gets to call themselves what; how She Writes Press is or isn't different from self-publishing. The article was timely because just one week later, Amazon's John Fine spoke at the Publishing for Digital Minds conference in London, where he noted that the term…Continue
Recently, in my writing class, one of my students apologized because she’d spent her thirty minutes of writing time scribbling what she described as “nothing worth reading.” This woman is a wonderful poet, fiction writer, and English Department Chair at one of the most prestigious private schools in Los Angeles. Everyone in our class knew that although she felt “off” that night, chances were better than decent she’d written something worth listening to—despite her disclaimer that it was “just a bunch of selfish navel-gazing.”
Of course, her writing was nothing of the sort. Though her writing was a bit gloomy and dark, it was also introspective, insightful, and deeply moving. When she finished reading, the room was silent. No one wanted to break the spell woven by her words.
Paris Fashion Week is riddled with the usual vets of the fashion game. Milan usually tries to spice things up with a few colors here and there. London aims for edgy. But most onlookers never really get a chance to see the threads of the runway transition to the street. In fact, venture into the tube in London or the metro in Paris and you’ll find an altogether different sort of fashion creature: the real urban man.
Meet Two Square, a fashion line, born out of a collaborative…
Setting up a small business looks much excited in start, but gradually when we move forward and start growing we create many difficulties for our self. Actually responsibilities get increase and sometimes we are not able to fulfill our responsibilities and cannot make creative plans for further progress of business. Simple way to tackle all complexities is to create efficient planning in ordered to grow further.
Most of us face troubles because we do not have enough resources to…
Baby Steps in Platform Shoes…
In The Mystery of Moutai, a teenager returns home from school to find a gruesome scene: the apartment he shares with his mother,…
When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too, admit it), I tried to sound like Barbara Streisand or…
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My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue