Category Archives: writing process

Eavesdropping — A Dialog-Writing Exercise

So yesterday in my Novel Writing class, I sent the kids into the commons for the last 20 ┬áminutes of class, which happens to correspond with the lunch they don’t have. The commons was full of teenage humans. I instructed mine to sit down somewhere and start eavesdropping. They were to write down random lines […]

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Writing Snowflakes

I’m having one of those existential moments when I’m finished reading to my Creative Writing class and pestering those who haven’t yet turned in their poems, and they’re (theoretically) writing personal narratives, and I’m staring out the window and watching the snow flutter down. It’s only been happening for a few minutes. The flakes are […]

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Breaks

I love my Christmas vacation! (Look! An Exclamation Mark! Many Marks!) I have my whole little family home, and we do a lot of relaxing, some eating, some visiting, some movies, some reading (we all got books for Christmas, natch), some laughing, some playing, and some of us (totally not me) even get to do […]

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Dickensian

Once my dad read a manuscript I’d written, and he wondered if the plots weren’t a little too dramatic. Dickensian, he called it. Did I, he wondered, really mean to make such tragic, permanent things happen to my characters? This might surprise you if you read my books (and if you don’t, let’s just say […]

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The thing about Outlining

Serious writers outline. Everyone knows this. They create visualization boards and put awesome color-coded cards on corkboards with pushpins. They keep character bibles. They plan out Three Main Points of Action, they catalog the Try-Fail cycles, they draw sweeping character arcs. I try to do these things. I try to be an outliner. I can’t. […]

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Moving Right Along

I did it, guys. I survived January. And not only survived, but I had fun inside that madhouse of a month. And I finished the long-term substitute teaching business. It was nearly every day of 2 months, and some kids were growing tired of me, and to a lesser extent, I of (a few of) […]

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Back to Work

So after the most lovely and relaxing 4-day weekend, I’m back at it this morning. Off to school in ten minutes. And I managed to get myself out of the bed early enough to have fifteen minutes of writing time. Fifteen minutes in which words tumbled. They were words, and that’s what matters now. But […]

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Today’s things…

We went back to school today. Does that seem a little… sudden to anyone else? Yeah. Me, too. The Boy had a basketball game — 3rd grade league, coached by Husband. No keeping score. Except that our row (me, and his 3 older sisters) saw both of his awesome shots go in. And we cheered, […]

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