Category: Writing & Editing

Fiction the Writing Process Writing & Editing

Developing My Latest Works in Progress

How did I get the idea for my latest work in progress?  Well, it depends on which one you’re referring to.   I have several. In 2022, I will launch three historical fiction novellas, Journey of Hope, Rose’s Assignment and The Unmarriable Kind.  All three were inspired by the WWI trilogy.  Below are the author notes […]

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How to Create Fictional Characters

Without characters you don’t have a story.  So how do authors develop them?  There are many different methods.  For this blog, I’m sharing some tips from writing experts. Novel Writing Help cautions against creating characters that are “dislikeable or, worse, deadly dull.”  To prevent this, the website recommends: Characters don’t need to be beautiful, eloquent […]

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Are My Characters Based on Real People?

Are my characters based on real people?  The quick answer to this is “no.”  However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  While none of my characters are based directly on someone, several are named after real people and several are representative of people who existed. In addition, all my characters feel real to me, […]

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How to Organize Story Ideas

Are you a writer having problems organizing story ideas?  If so, you’re not alone.  As Writer’s Digest puts it, “The desire to write The Great American Novel is like an overactive beast that needs obedience school.”  Thankfully, there are many strategies you can put into action.  In this post, I’ll share tips from writing experts […]

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Do You Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Your Characters?

Is it possible for an author to have a love-hate relationship with her fictional characters? Merriam-Webster defines a love-hate relationship as “strong feelings of both love and hatred for someone.” The website Love Bondings takes that a step further, stating that the strong feelings can occur in any time of relationship – romantic, familial or […]

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Establishing a Writing Routine: My Best Tips

Establishing a writing routine can be a challenge for many newer writers.  There’s plenty of advice out there on how to establish a routine, so I decided to compile a list of the strategies that worked for me. Make Writing a Priority:  If being published is your goal, then you must make writing a priority.  […]

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Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing or a Combination?

For many authors, deciding how to publish is a difficult decision.  Should they go with a traditional publisher?  Go it alone and become an indie author?  Or publishing using a combination of the two? Each route has its pros and cons, and with both routes authors do all their own marketing.  Let’s examine the pros […]

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My Writing Strength: Snappy Dialogue

Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My characters’ dialogue rarely changes between the rough draft and the published version. My narrative passages, on the other hand, will go through five or more drafts.  I blame my journalism […]

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Author’s Life: Unboxing My First Fiction Manuscripts

Angel of Mercy is the first novel I published, but it is not my first novel.  I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old.  Because I began writing before I had a home computer, until very recently, all my stories were written longhand in a series of notebooks.  I kept these notebooks over the […]

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Six Methods I Use For Naming Fiction Characters

Naming fiction characters is like naming a baby.  The person you’re naming will be stuck with that name for life.  Or, in the case of fictional characters, potentially for centuries. In fact, a quick web search shows that some writers take naming fiction characters more seriously than naming children.  I say this because I found […]

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Meet the Bartlettes: Extended Family in the WW1 Trilogy

The Bartlettes are extended family to the Stewards in my WW1 Trilogy.  The trilogy is comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (released 2020) and Adjustment Year (launching April 2021). Here are the six members of the Bartlette family: Amelia “You don’t know how difficult it is,” Amelia said between sobs, […]

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