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Music and Wintering

Music and Wintering

It's been far too long since I wrote a blog post. Every time I decided I should start one over the last few months, I found an excuse not to. I can't really explain my recent relative silence. Yes, the flurry of promotion for The Paris Affair sapped me a bit. And with...

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Mother Goose and Show Don’t Tell

Mother Goose and Show Don’t Tell

Many books and blog posts have been written about "show don't tell." I'm not going to pontificate about it here. As most writers understand, there's a place for both in a novel. What I want to talk about here is what that phrase actually means. I want to illustrate...

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Trilogy and Series Craft Notes

Trilogy and Series Craft Notes

There's no denying the appeal to readers of a series or a trilogy. When I think about it, I realize that I truly fell in love with reading because of a series—Nancy Drew, of course! As a young reader, I loved getting to know Nancy and her friends, watching her get...

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The Importance of Connecting

The Importance of Connecting

It's been a while since I've written one of these posts, mostly because I've been head down writing my new WIP. This project is all absorbing, because I am very excited about it and very scared that I can't do it justice. But I haven't just been writing. I've also...

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Ruminations about structure

Ruminations about structure

No two ways about it: I'm struggling with the structure of my WIP. It's as if I've spent months making what I hoped would be a beautiful garment, something I could see so clearly in my imagination, only to discover that I put a piece in upside down, and to fix it I...

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Writing a Novel Beginning

Writing a Novel Beginning

One of the greatest challenges in writing any story is figuring out where it begins and where it ends—most writers know that all too well. What seems like the obvious beginning may not be, and the tidy ending might end up having to come unraveled in order to make the...

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