Method and process, part 2

on February 28, 2018

So last week I nattered on about process and today we’re wrapping up. I talked about my giant mind maps for outlining and how I use those maps to explore shadowy areas of the plot that I need to clarify. They are never pretty and there’s no proper organization with certain colors marking out specific…

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Method and process, part 1

on February 22, 2018

Lately I have had several people ask about my outlining process, so I thought I’d jot a quick post about it. First, the caveat: Anything I say about process is what works for me. NEVER assume it will work–or should work–for you. Process is highly idiosyncratic; ask a hundred writers how they write, get a…

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Not quite a spoonful of sugar, but almost as good…

on February 14, 2018

So lately I’ve been doing a heap of traveling–yay!–and schlepping my bag–boo. For the book tour, there was no way around using a proper, albeit small, suitcase. There was a 70-degree temperature fluctuation from Phoenix to Nashville, and I needed lots of layers and a parka in order to stay comfortable. I did my level…

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Reminders and book recs!

on February 7, 2018

If you’re in the greater Atlanta area, don’t forget to come see me–and Lauren Willig!–at our events this weekend. Friday we’re at the Mountain View Public Library, and on Saturday we’ll be at Books For Less in Buford courtesy of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Details on the Appearances page. We’ll be speaking and signing–I’ll…

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