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pauline-rowson's picture
May.17.2010
I've just finished the ?nth revision of the new Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel - the sixth in the series to feature my flawed and rugged detective whose patch is the Solent area on the South Coast of England.  My office looks like a bomb's hit it with notes and paper strewn all...
terry-odell's picture
Mar.07.2010
Despite the hectic schedule and stress of a conference, the three-day break from driving was welcome. I met with two agents and an editor, and all requested pages. Considering I hadn't thought about my romantic suspense in some time, I'm pleased that I sounded coherent enough so they were willing...
pauline-rowson's picture
Jan.11.2010
I've started the third revision of the next Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel and still no title springs to mind.  I'm hoping that by the end of this revision inspiration will have come to me.  Sometimes a title will come instantly as in Dead Man's Wharf and Tide of Death.  Other...
pauline-rowson's picture
Jan.04.2010
Rewriting comes in many guises and brings with it both pain and pleasure.  For me it all depends on when I am rewriting. If I have to rewrite on the editor's request then it is a pain, because by then I am already well into the next novel. If it is during the revision stages of a novel (before it...
terry-odell's picture
Dec.21.2009
Long, long ago, when I was a wee lass, my mother was teaching me all the ins and outs of what the school system called "Home Economics". I learned to knit (potholders), to cook (crushing Graham crackers for Mom's cheesecake crust) to make beds with hospital corners. I learned to iron...
terry-odell's picture
Dec.10.2009
By the time this post appears, I'll be on my way to a week in Colorado. We'll see family and have a chance to celebrate a portion of our holiday with two of our kids, their spouses, and our grandson. His second birthday precipitated the trip, and while we're out there, we'll also start some...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
Dec.08.2009
This one might seem obvious on the surface, but writers are very good at rationalizing and can come up with all kinds of logical-sounding reasons why they should ignore it. Three words. What. Happens. Next. Stories are supposed to flow like a river, not remain still while your character treads...
pauline-rowson's picture
Nov.30.2009
My wrists ache, my shoulders are sore, my brain has been spinning all night and I feel guilty because I didn't e mail or phone any of my friends, I barely looked at Facebook and Twitter, and my husband got about half a dozen words out of me yesterday - which might be a blessing, of course, as far...
kirsten-imani-kasai's picture
Nov.15.2009
Recently received the editorial letter for "Tattoo." Six pages of insightful comments and suggestions for sharpening, shaping and clarifying my story. Since speaking with my editor last week, I've been thinking a lot about Tattoo and how to strengthen it. I used Vogler's "Writer's...
terry-odell's picture
Oct.21.2009
Life is almost normal again. At least the routines are settling in. I enjoyed a leisurely second cup of coffee while I did some blog-hopping, catching up on all the sites I hadn't visited while I was away. Of course, as Murphy's Law would have it, I was about to shower and get back to reading the...