Okay. Aleksa is tougher than I thought. A lot tougher. And scarier. I got her story tonight, and the scare wasn’t the story itself, which made perfect sense in context. It was this bit, right here. “You can’t blame yourself—” Mike started to protest, but Aleksa stopped him. “I don’t,” she said. “[Spoiler snipped.] I have never felt an instant’s … Continue reading →
Okay. Tonight was nothing like what I expected when I sat down to write. I started a scene with Aleksa, my main character (MC). It was supposed to be a sad little romantic scene where the man who loves her asks her again to marry him, and she turns him down. But in the middle of the scene, she said, … Continue reading →
And now it’s Saturday, and I’m still enjoying my time away from words. Deep in thought on my plot, though, which keeps trying to twist the wrong way on me. How about you? Good words? Any words?
Saw Adam today — excellent movie about a young man with Asberger’s Syndrome, and a young woman with a disastrous father. Well worth your time if you’re looking for something that isn’t, say G.I. Joe. Bad movies never bother my writing. Good ones sometimes do, because like good fiction, they have a magnetic pull that drags my own writing compass … Continue reading →
Sam remembers something that happened in his past. It doesn’t sound like much, but It was. It gave me huge insight into the character, and allowed me to introduce a tiny slice of his extraordinary past into the story. It was a reflective bit, too… pacing-wise, a moment away from what has to this point been a pretty tight, action-filled, … Continue reading →
Writing along, writing along, and suddenly there’s another dead body in my path, and it would solve the two deaths upstairs…except the dead guy had nothing to do with it. I’m feeling my way through this story, and events are building nicely. How’re you doing?
For the next few days, I’m working like mad to get all the 33 Mistakes books I have up on the website. My editor ended up not being able to do them, and I want to have them done before I start writing the How To Revise Your Novel course. My authors have already been waiting a long time—I don’t … Continue reading →
Agh. Frustrating. I got the coolest plot twist tonight—one of those beautiful inspirational Muse things that you just love to have fall on your head—and I can’t say a word about it because it would be a HUGH spoiler. But writing was Really Big Fun tonight, as witness the fact that I got a bit carried away and ran 119 … Continue reading →
My detectives were beaten to a witness they needed by someone who didn’t want her to talk. The circumstances suggest someone close to them may be working for the bad guys. Scene bit tonight went well. I apologize for my scarcity in the WABWM comments. Margaret and I are setting up the infrastructure for How To Revise Your Novel, and … Continue reading →
I wrapped the scene with Mike and Aleksa at the dig…it took off in an interesting direction. Apparently Mike has other things going wrong in his life besides the forged artifact buried in his site, something Aleksa noticed that I hadn’t. Interesting the way characters play off of each other. And I started Contagion, the next scene with Sam (my … Continue reading →