Category: On Writing

Opium Beds and Butterflies

In an interview with On The Road, Diana Gabaldon touches on “kernels” in writing. This is where you have some little bit of something that triggers and image or thought in your writing and you build a scene around it.

Posted in Civil War, On Writing, The Rain Crow, Uncategorized

Flashbacks Vs. Backstory

At Books and Writers, this month’s writing exercises was flashbacks and backstory. I had a bit from The Rain Crow, my new novel under construction, that was backstory and I decided to make it more immediate by switching to a

Posted in On Writing, Uncategorized

Abbeville and Editing the Classics

If you all haven’t met Abbeville, then it’s time to get acquainted. Not only do they publish some gorgeous books, they also regularly take on Big Orange with the style and vigor of a banty rooster. Lawsy, I love someone

Posted in On Writing, Uncategorized

It’s Hard To Be Humble

It’s Hard To Be Humble-Mac Davis I’ve learned a lot about myself in the recent edit frenzy. Some parts of Paladin are pretty good. Some parts aren’t. Some parts are pure drivel wrapped around the bones of what could be

Posted in On Writing, Uncategorized

Writing Wrong

John asked me the other day how I write. My first reaction was to respond, “Badly?” I refrained since even I know it is just challenging, not bad. I hope. Being a working woman, I have other obligations even though

Posted in On Writing, Uncategorized