Writing Lessons from Les Mis: Characterization

We've been looking at Les Misérables to see what writings lessons we can glean from it. Last post, we looked at the Plotting and Sub-plotting, and this time, I want to look at the characters. Hugo has an enormous cast of characters in this book, and honestly, there are times when even the most attentive readers … Continue reading Writing Lessons from Les Mis: Characterization

Writing Lessons from Les Mis: Plotting and Subplotting

Having just finished a read-through of Les Misérables, I've been struck by the writing. It's a long book at well over 600,000 words, so I definitely wouldn't recommend writing a modern novel of that length, but it's a classic nevertheless. It's been made into dozens of movie versions, beginning in 1897 and continuing onward, with the most … Continue reading Writing Lessons from Les Mis: Plotting and Subplotting

Romance: Two Best-Selling Plot Types

I've been thinking about the romance genre lately, trying to explain what it is that "happens" in a romance story. Obviously, it's about a couple finding each other (or realizing that they already know each other) and reaching their happily-ever-after moment (whether it does or doesn't last is another matter entirely, but unless you write … Continue reading Romance: Two Best-Selling Plot Types

How Life Intersects with Writing

This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?" Most of the time, life affects my writing by … Continue reading How Life Intersects with Writing

Writing Pitfalls: Doubt and Discouragement

This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?" At first, I wasn't sure which pitfall to talk about—the challenge … Continue reading Writing Pitfalls: Doubt and Discouragement

Ultimate Writing Goals and How They Can Change

This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world (I missed the memo about it needing to be posted yesterday, apparently). This month's question is "What's are your ultimate writing goals and how have they changed over … Continue reading Ultimate Writing Goals and How They Can Change

How to Pick a Character’s Name

This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names" For me, it's definitely coming up with a book title. Because … Continue reading How to Pick a Character’s Name

What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me

Lately, I've been trying an experiment I've heard about for years with authors and never really took serious: writing every day. Here are some quotes from writers on the subject: “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages … Continue reading What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me

The Differences between Copyediting and Book Coaching

Recently, I've been refining my editing process, discovering just what my word processing software can do (and that, yes, it can convert and make things Microsoft Word can still use, despite being made on a Mac). Gone are the days when "editing" meant printing out documents and marking them up with all sorts of little … Continue reading The Differences between Copyediting and Book Coaching

Are You an Insecure Writer? Or Just in Denial?

  Many of my blogging friends have belonged to a group called the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a blog-hop hosted by Alex Cavanaugh that gives writers a chance to interact with each other, encourage each other, and discuss a question related to writing once a month. I've enjoyed their posts over the years, though I've … Continue reading Are You an Insecure Writer? Or Just in Denial?