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sherry-parnell's picture
Dec.17.2012
It's that time of year when songs about silver bells and winter wonderlands fill the air while we shop, bake, wrap and decorate. Christmas music doesn't just create a festive atmosphere, it also creates memories, which is ironic since no one can ever remember all the words to these songs, which we...
bob-mustin's picture
Sep.12.2012
I've just finished a second major edit on a medieval novel, tentatively entitled Gerbert's Book, about three primary characters, two real, one fictional, living around the turn of the first millennium. Gerbert and Otto are the two real ones, Zosimus the fictional one. The fictional character...
jolina-petersheim's picture
Mar.16.2011
This past month I learned two things: It’s not easy writing a novel without an outline, and it’s not easy driving a car without a speedometer. (Or, for that matter, with one. My first speeding ticket, at 16, involved a Cops-worthy chase, almost getting pistol-whipped, a court appearance -- during...
eric-barnes's picture
Jul.19.2010
I don't do research. And I don't make outlines. These are my conditions when writing. Of course, they're only conditions I've set with myself.  (Punch line: Even then, the negotiations are ugly.) I do, however, make outlines after I'm well into a project. It might be 50 pages in, it might be 200...
eric-barnes's picture
Jul.19.2010
I don't do research. And I don't make outlines. These are my conditions when writing. Of course, they're only conditions I've set with myself.  (Punch line: Even then, the negotiations are ugly.) I do, however, make outlines after I'm well into a project. It might be 50 pages in, it might be 200...
terry-odell's picture
Nov.04.2009
I've now reached the point in my mystery WIP where writing becomes a job. I'm close to the end. I had the revelation about where the "secret" that's been the focus of the book really is. I ran it past hubby over drinks, and he gave it a positive "that's good" as opposed to a...
raymond-mallette's picture
Oct.02.2009
     From as far back as I can remember I have been told from my parents, leaders, teachers, and instructors that "there is a right way and wrong way to go about things." After a time, I taught myself that it is better to let them believe they are right, than to argue the point. And so, I...
raymond-mallette's picture
Sep.21.2009
     Outlines? Hmmmm........that's one of those things mixed with both Roman Numerals and English numbers, and then the alphabet thing right? Do they help? I'm 46 years of age, and I feel I should know what an "outline" is.      Q: How do you write without using an outline?       A: I...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Jul.17.2009
Since my novels usually involve twists and turns, readers often ask me if I think all those plot points in advance. The answer is: I wish. What usually happens is that, despite my carefully plotted outlines, new ideas come to me once I really get into the writing. Sometimes it feels as though the...
brian-mckee's picture
Dec.07.2008
I've been working very sporadically on my outline. Its difficult work because I'm actually trying "feel" the depth of the piece in advance. I find myself designing the characters up front. I'm considering how they will each interact with the main character and what each will learn from...