Archive for inspiration

February 12, 2010

Characters, Conflict and Plot! (Oh, my!)

Seems like a simple thing, you make up a story, you write it down. (Those of you who have been doing this for any length of time are laughing already…) There’s a lot more to it than that though!! And even though I know a lot of the tricks and rules, I still find myself […]

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February 8, 2010

Love Scenes

This is a discussion that came up in my crit group a little while back, and Jackie also discussed it on her blog recently. So I wanted to continue on the topic, because, let’s face it, in romance, this is kind of important. Of course we know that romance isn’t about sex. It’s not one […]

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January 20, 2010

Why I Dearly Love Revisions

Yes, I know, isn’t it easy to say when after the fact? Well, yes, it is. Hindsight, after all, is a brilliant and wonderful thing. Ahem. My lovely, gorgeous, lovely editor who I LOVE emailed me today, and yay, she liked what I did with my partial. And here I was, only a few weeks […]

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December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas To Me! (Revisions!)

So funny that I happened to do a post on revisions right before receiving a fresh new set of my own! I felt immediately compelled to come to my own web site for a reminder of why revisions are good. 🙂 Christmas Eve morning the revisions for my second submission to M&B landed in my […]

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December 15, 2009

Character and Building it

There’s been a lot of discussion over at about characterization. One of the commenters suggested using astrology to help nail down a character, and that got me thinking of all kind of fun things a person might try… The Myers-Briggs personality test…taken as your hero or heroine of course! Here’s a link: After […]

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December 7, 2009

Music and Writing

This conversation got started on Twitter and I thought I’d move it over here. For me, music is just about the ultimate inspiration. I’m from a musical family, married to a musician, and it’s always been a hugely important part of my life. (right up there with books!) I have a playlist that is home […]

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November 12, 2009

Building Character

So, I’m starting a new MS and of course, this means I’m creating a new set of characters. Ideas always come to me a little bit differently, sometimes the characters come first, sometimes a scenario comes first. When the scenario comes first I tend to think ‘well, okay…what characters would have the most conflict with […]

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November 9, 2009


I’ve mentioned in past posts that I consider revision letters to be little chunks of gold. And being the proud owner of three, count ’em, three, that pertain to the same manuscript, I’m starting to get an idea of some of the pitfalls we unpublished writers can fall into. So, I thought I would talk […]

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November 5, 2009

Alpha-betizing Your Hero!

Okay, image is kind of unrelated, I just love this cover*. But really, this guy is pretty hot, can you blame me? Ahem… When I received my first revision letter back on Oct. of ’08, for the partial MS I had submitted, one of the main things the editor wanted me to change was the […]

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October 9, 2009


For me, inspiration can come from a lot of different things. A song that I connect with can establish the whole mood or concept of a manuscript, a movie with an element I want to tweak can do it too. Sometimes a character just pops into my head and their story just sort of fills […]

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