One of the most important scenes in my entire novel, a climactic moment that occurs in a vivid, dramatic setting and involves almost all of the major characters, is currently under construction. I spent most of today working on this scene and the events leading up to it, and I still have more left to do. … Continue reading Spoiler Alert!
Okay, don't freak out. This is still a writing blog. Remember how I mentioned that one thing writers have to deal with is the fact that their search histories could belong to cold-blooded killers? Guilty. Well, not guilty. You know what I mean. Even before I started writing a crime novel, my writing tended to … Continue reading Getting Away with Murder
I'm no mathematician, but if I had to guess, I'd say about eighty percent of my novel is dialogue. Yes, that's over three hundred pages of it, and I'm not planning on cutting back on the number of witty exchanges during the revision process. Some writers view dialogue as a filler, something to entertain, maybe amuse, but not … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Dialogue
Many topics are somewhat controversial among writers, especially when raised in the midst of heated discussions: Dante vs. Shakespeare, whether or not writers should listen to music while working, and the fact that most crime novelists' search histories could probably belong to cold blooded killers (It's research!) Today, let's talk about the music question. For each … Continue reading My Writing Playlist
No. Not the movie. This is not that kind of blog. I'm talking about the one elusive entity that is single-handedly getting me through the arduous revision process. (And no, not Ryan Gosling. Please.) Confession: I'm not pretending to be an expert on the revision process. Again, this is my first novel since the Nancy Drew-esque mysteries I … Continue reading The Notebook
I thought I'd written chapter one already. All the way back in October, to be exact, as part of a development exercise for one of my protagonists, A. I remember re-reading those five hundred and twenty eight words and being captivated by her character, deciding to begin the entire novel right then and there, at that … Continue reading Chapter One