Writing fiction is liberating. If you have spent much of your time composing work that demanded citations and providing lists of sources, suddenly not having to do so is a strange sensation. The page is yours entirely.Read more "Liberated (Until The Next Book)"
A few months ago, I came across a tweet from an American woman. She wrote of how she wanted to read true stories of relationships between American expats and the French. Unsurprisingly, that got me thinking. “Stories” like that, but which are “true?” Hmm. On one level, her observation indicated she could not be alone […]Read more "Weaving Fact Into Fiction"
Hope you had a good weekend. It’s probably no shock to read that producing a book appealing broadly both to men and to women is no easy task. But when writing and faced with the stark reality of that, you have to ask yourself questions. I wondered (and worried) if aiming for “gender balance” – […]Read more "A Man, Writing For Women Characters"
This novel had been in the back of my mind for years. Bits and pieces of ideas were stashed on PCs, to be retrieved and saved on the latest newer PC, and so on. We all think we will write a book at some point, don’t we? A little more than a year ago, though, […]Read more "From Ideas, To Scraps, To Book"
My earliest (non-spouse) proofreader was a close English friend of ours – a woman who has been in book clubs and reads lots of fiction. I had told her I wanted perfect honesty, that I needed to know what she thought. She did not hold back in her critique, but is also the rare type […]Read more "When A Character Takes On Unexpected Prominence"
An experiment: tell select friends and family you’re writing a novel. After surprise diminishes at the statement (meaning, if you have never hinted previously you wanted to undertake such an endeavor), be prepared to hear this question asked by someone (or more than one someone) at some point: “Am I in it?” And your answer […]Read more "An Experiment"