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Archive for June 2007

The New CeeCee Cover

                            Wow, I just received the cover flats for the trade paperback edition of THE SECRET LIFE OF CEECEE WILKES and I love the cover! Love the red hair against the blues, and the sense of a dynamic story. Although the hardcover…

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WIP: Wincing

Every author does it–overuses particular words. I have a few words and phrases I tend to use too much: Wince. Struggle. Darkness. Sort of. Editorial consultant Pat Holt calls them “crutch words,” words that slip past editors but drive readers batty. I’ve had friends who read early drafts of my books complain about some of…

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The Agony of the Bathing Suit Search

I took a short break from my Work-in-Progress today because I needed to buy a gift for a baby shower . . . as well as the first bathing suit I’ve purchased in well over a decade. June 30th we leave for the beach. The WIP will be done by then. Usually when I go to…

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WIP: Wow, It's Turning into a Book!

And with only eleven days until deadline, it better be! When you’re working on a massive project like a 125,000 novel, it’s so hard to see the whole. Today, I took a step back and really looked at it as a “book” instead of one little scene after another, and I felt such relief! It’s…

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Anthropomorphising Goldfish

Doesn’t that sound like the title of a “literary” novel?? Well, this has nothing to do with writing except that it’s interrupting my concentration. We have a stream-like fountain and small pond in our yard. A landscape guy cleaned our filter and put in some new plants and suggested some goldfish would help balance the…

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WIP: Fifteen Days to Go

Yikes. I’m not panicking yet, but getting close. Last night my critique group read chapter four and had some helpful things to say–mostly about the character’s voice. My last sentence in the chapter, while lovely prose, is not something a man would think. How can I still have such missteps this close to deadline? I’m…

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WIP: Only Eighteen Days Left!

Omigosh, now I’m nervous. How can there only be 18 days until my deadline?? The calendar’s right in front of me, but just like my character Laurel not realizing how long it’s been since her last period (!), I’ve lost track of the time–with less dire consequences than in Laurel’s case, I hope. I had…

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I'm Mellllllttttiiiinnnngg!

That’s what happens when you burn the candle at both ends. I’ve been working later and later and getting up earlier and earlier. Ugh. But I’m also napping longer and longer, so you don’t need to feel too sorry for me. I wanted to get as much work as possible behind me this week so…

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WIP: Giving the Reader Some Credit

When I was a newbie writer, I took a class on writing the novel, and I remember the instructor telling us that we didn’t need to “explain everything” to the reader. A novice fiction writer often opens her book far too early in the story, thinking that she needs to start at the very beginning so that the reader understands…

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Michele Moomaugh

Yesterday, I posted about one of the many reasons that I love writing fiction: It’s nice to have total control over something. Today was one of those days when I’m reminded I have no control over much of anything.   When I lived in San Diego many years ago, I was part of a small women’s…

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