Last week was craft week on The Debutante Ball. Each of us tackled an aspect of fiction craft, from creating likeable characters to revision to my topic, suspense. I even created a visual aid! I used a pot, a bowl, several measuring cups, and a button. Curious? In other words, did I raise a question… Read More When Writing Fiction, What Is Suspense REALLY?
And it wasn’t as traumatic as all that. In fact, it felt natural, and as soon as I began writing, my anxiety drained away. Finished the first scene, and I’m okay with it for now. Gets me started. However, I can’t help but wonder if I’ll ever be able to write “fast.” As in fast-paced…One… Read More Started the New Novel!
Today makes four weeks since I adopted Luna. How’s it going? Has the dog adjusted? Better yet, have I? Was she a writing distraction? All’s good, and the writing, no problema. I wrote about 75 pages in the past four weeks. I was eager to finish my first draft, true, but I’d also like to suggest… Read More Suspense and My Dog: A Lesson
Okay, enthused again. Crazy, the ups and downs of my writer’s life. After kvetching this morning (previous post), then getting down to work; after many hours at the computer to semi-fruitful end; after lazing around for awhile, I had a thought. Truly, this one felt like it popped out of a machine in my head. (BigD,… Read More P.S. Last Word on That Darned Climax Epiphany
Yet another angst-ridden, as-yet-unpublished novelist’s moment, a frustrated and self-doubting moment, an all-too-familiar and tiresome moment that previously led me to rant against succubus novels. Three posts ago, I mentioned my epiphany about the climax scene. I wrote that scene last week. Now, it feels anticlimactic. I was so jazzed before I wrote the scene, so what happened? I… Read More Angst and Bad Writing Juju