A Man, Writing For Women Characters

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” – […]

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From Ideas, To Scraps, To Book

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, […]

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When A Character Takes On Unexpected Prominence

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 […]

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An Experiment

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: β€œAm I in it?” And your answer […]

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