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…Continue
In a previous post, I talked about character arcs. This week, I'd like to delve into the characters themselves. I like to give mine little quirks. Why? Because I think quirks are what make people real, and I want my readers to think my characters are like real people.
Here's an example: I've written four novels with the same protagonist, and once in a while she tells corny…Continue
Happy spring! Don't you just love this time of year? I do. It's time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and the boundless sense of possibility that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning and see what the day has to offer.Continue