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My Daughter’s Giant Stocking (and Issues of Gauge)

Knitters are supposed to check their gauge before starting a project. That means knitting a little swatch, counting the stitches per inch, and seeing if the result matches up with the pattern requirements. If so, great. If not, it’s necessary … Continue reading

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It’s Critique Day!

I’ve been waiting for this day. In September, I submitted two-thirds of my historical novel, LOST NOTES, to my intrepid writing colleagues. We’re going to get together this evening to talk about the manuscript. Our discussions generally last for a … Continue reading

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My WIP’s Anniversary

Last August, after finishing my literary novel BODY COPY, I started writing a new one. Aptly, I titled the folder “new novel.” It was about two kids from music-box collecting families. I wrote some first-draft scenes. I jotted down notes … Continue reading

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Giving Myself Permission to Revise

Once again I’m preparing to break the sacred first-draft rule: Don’t revise. I break this all the time, but don’t always admit to it. When I blogged about submitting my first draft to my critique group in mid-September, Jody Moller … Continue reading

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The Barbie Jeep Method of First Drafts

My 4-year-old is obsessed with a hand-me-down Barbie Jeep that actually runs. She floors it and races across our back yard, then drops her foot off the pedal at the last possible moment. By last possible moment, I mean she … Continue reading

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Hitting the Send Button

I just submitted the first 85,000 words of my novel, LOST NOTES, to my trusty critique group. Now the waiting begins–two months’ worth, in this case. We’ll meet in mid-November for my critique. In the meantime, I’ll be working on … Continue reading

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What I Learned at the Writing Retreat

I’m back home, but my brain is still on vacation. The past week, living in a bunkhouse in the woods in southern Oregon, taking long walks and waking each morning to a full day of writing, has refreshed me and … Continue reading

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The Three-Fourths Theory of First Drafts

I call my work-in-progress my third novel, but really it’s number four. And in terms of books, it’s number five due to a nonfiction jazz band biography I wrote in 2000-01. But that’s another story. What those numbers mean is … Continue reading

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Prostitution, Or Writing What I Don’t Know

It’s time for another status update on my work-in-progress. As I’ve mentioned before, the first draft of my new novel, LOST NOTES, has taken me into many unknown places, both in terms of subject matter and setting. I’ve never written historical … Continue reading

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Let Your Story Grow

Let’s face it. As writers, there are times we need a little extra encouragement. (Or a hug.) Sometimes it’s so hard to escape into a story world when there are other, more visible tasks pressing for attention. It takes a … Continue reading

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