The Writing Life

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Tag Archives: Scene building

Writing short to write long…

You know the feeling you get when you learn how to do something you’ve tried to master since you were a kid? I have these files in my room – … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Waiting Game

It’s been three weeks since I sent out my first five agent queries for Oldsters. After hitting send on those emails, I’ve put that process out of my mind for now. … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

Scene-Building: Endings

So you’ve written a thoughtful and interesting beginning for the scene, and you’ve built tension in the middle, using obstacles and conflict…now it’s time to wind your scene down. Time to … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Scene-Building: Middles

Last time, we talked about the different choices in constructing scene beginnings. Today is all about the middle. This is the meat of the scene – we have to carry through … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Scene-Building: Beginnings

Scenes are the core building blocks of my fiction writing style. I don’t think in chapters at all anymore, except as a big-picture timeline of the story. It is the … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

What’s on your ‘Project Notes’ list?

If you’re a regular reader, you know that the rule I break most often during the writing process is editing while I go. I’ve always been a rule breaker, accepted … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Vault #2: First Impressions ~ Getting their Attention

So we all know it’s important to start your story with a bang, right? Grab your readers (or prospective agents/publishers) quick…I mean really quick! The first sentence, the first page, … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment