Revising a revision strategy, part 2: Characters

This week, I’m interrogating my characters.   I finished examining my novel’s scenes last week. It was both dispiriting and energizing to find SO MANY areas for opportunity, but the exercise allowed me to sort where my novel as a whole is strong and where it needs more work–and how exactly I might improve it. […]

Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

I’m finally diving into revisions of the book I finished in May with a whole new revision strategy. That is, with a strategy at all. Usually I just start reworking everything all at once, from structure to punctuation, becoming pretty overwhelmed by my big mess. Well, early drafts are always a mess, but I’m feeling more in […]

Summer reading

During all our adventures this summer, I made time to read (or listen) to some good books, both kidlit and grownup. (One of the places we stayed had the PERFECT reading nook. Sigh. I miss that nook.) I came home with even more books, which I look forward to reading here at home (nook or […]

Highlights from summer

Summer flew by! Maybe because we did TWO big trips, to Wisconsin and to Baltimore (with a day trip to Washington D.C.). A few highlights below, but capturing a whirlwind of family, friends, festivals, and big-city sightseeing is not easy. Not in photos, anyway…maybe I’ll try with words now that things have quieted down. To […]

Summertime writing

Lazy days of summer? Bah! I’m writing, and I’m taking the coolest writing workshop. Every Tuesday night, a few other speculative fiction writers and I meet at Tubby and Coo’s bookstore to talk about Building Better Worlds. Check out the description of the workshop below…doesn’t it sound amazing? Not to mention getting to know other […]