Archive for August, 2010

To Plot or Not to Plot? Find YOUR Way!

August 30, 2010

This has been an interesting week for me in the writing department.  I’ve been working on a proposal for the second book in a series while editors are considering the first book.  I want to have the proposal ready to go as soon as possible, and have been working on it for a while.  The issue: they’ve been the toughest beginning chapters I’ve ever written.  Truthfully, in the past, the first three chapters usually came pretty easy for me…once I’ve plotted a story out.  So what’s my problem this time?

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Recipe for a Short Synopsis

August 24, 2010

There’s nothing worse than writing a synopsis…is there?  I haven’t found it.  My first piece of advice on writing a synopsis is…get someone else to do it :-).  Seriously, as a writer, we love too much of our book to ever boil it down to its key elements.  My other bit of advice is to write it before you write the book…that way, you don’t know what you don’t know yet :-).  Of course, that’s not always possible…either way, however, I have found a quick recipe for writing a short synopsis.  I hope it helps some of you.  It sure helped me. (more…)

New Tricks

August 16, 2010

I’ve been around the writing block more than once…but I’ve yet to see my book on a bookshelf.  Why, you might ask?  I’ve asked myself that question more times than I’d like–and others have asked it of me.  I believe I can string sentences together pretty well; I have a fantastic critque group; I studied the craft.  I’ve even had a few people credit me with helping them push their way from unsold to sold.  So why haven’t I sold a book yet?  And more importantly, why have I kept writing? (more…)

Hooks and Openings – Inside Scoop

August 7, 2010

Well, I attended the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Orlando, Florida the last week of July. I was lucky enough to be chosen to present a workshop with my fellow writer and three-time Golden Heart Finalist, Claire Cavanaugh. Our topic was Inside Scoop: Analyzing Openings as an Agent, Bookseller and Reader, Then Problem Solve as a Writer.  (presentation, handout and support material are below).  Somewhere between 200 and 250 people attended, and we didn’t scare anyone off, so it seemed to be a success.

In this workshop, we used small examples of openings from Orson Scott Card, Nora Roberts w/a J.D. Robb (more…)