Category Archives: Novel Writing

It feels good to be known

I was recognized today. When you are a writer, that’s important. Even when, no especially when, another author knows your name. I attended a writing workshop at the Northbrook, Illinois public library about crafting YA characters.  The library holds a … Continue reading

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Finding a Literary Agent

This post is a response to a question about how I got an agent, from someone about to start the process of searching for one of their own. The timing on was excellent. I have been commissioned to create a … Continue reading

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Even if no one paid me

I laughingly call writing my sub-minimum wage job. Counting the time involved in coming up with an idea, writing the first draft, revising, editing and creating a dozen or more successive drafts, gnawing at my fingernails, sleep-walking and dreaming the … Continue reading

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Contest Judging

I have seen a lot of discussion lately about contest judging. There is a big blame-it-on-the judge outbreak for making snarky comments or having a God complex and not liking the manuscript.  Maybe it’s because I just finished donating my … Continue reading

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Spring Fling

Last weekend brought the biennial writers conference presented by the Chicago North chapter of RWA – Spring Fling. This year the exciting event was held in a new venue, Marriott at Hoffman Estates. Things began with two-hour master class on … Continue reading

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YA books and censorship

Early in June I went to Chicago’s Printer’s Row book festival, an annual weekend celebration of the printed word. I shared a booth with Barbara’s Bookstore – totally coincidental – and the Chicago Writer’s Association. I spoke to a family about PULL, … Continue reading

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Plotting vs. Pantsing

I am a plotter. I’ve tried pantsing it, and I get lost every time. I need to understand my beginning, middle checkpoints and ending before I can write word one. Especially I need that end, something for me to aim … Continue reading

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New Adult classification for books

This idea has knocked around for a few years now, a seperate classification for books aimed at the 18-20 something reader.   Many YA authors would like to move beyond high school and set their stories with protagonists in college, or … Continue reading

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Sometimes kids just get it better than adults do

Several fellow authors have told me not to read my book’s reviews, but I can’t help myself. And frankly, most of them are favorable, so it’s usually a boost. But by reading them I have discovered an interesting trend in … Continue reading

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Point of View

I have been seeing a lot of chatter on various writing loops lately about Point of View and picking the right one for a scene. Unfortunatly a lot of the chatter involves criticizing contest judges and editors who just don’t … Continue reading

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