Woodbury Avenue – epilogue…ish

Deep breath. Okay, Woodbury Avenue is “finished.”  Sort of.  For more about the actual story, click here.  But for more about the process, then just keep reading. When it comes to writing, what I just did was the easiest part – writing a first draft.  That’s easy for a few reasons.  First, because it’s new,…

Writing 2.4 – Who Uses Outlines?

I was recently asked about my writing process.  Do I use outlines?  Do you plot a story or just make it up as you go along?  Please keep in mind that what works for one person might not ever work for anyone else or even that one person ever again except that one time. For…

Writing 2.3 – A Contract with the Reader

When I took a graduate class called “Writing the Novel” a few years ago, I learned two very important things.  First, if you tell a writer that her work in progress is a romance novel when she thinks she’s writing literary fiction, be prepared to see a chair fly across the room.  Second, there’s something…

Writing 2.1 – Getting Help

Roughly a year ago, I posted 18 chapters and about 50,000 words and thought I had a really good story about two people in a plane crash.  Not so.  Over the past two months I revised those same 18 chapters and, with the help of some great people, I now have 25 chapters, 75,000 words,…

Connecting Flight – ch.7 – update

Warning you now – this is a loooong chapter, slightly over 4,100 words.  I think I can break it into two chapters, but it is begging me to leave it as one.  I will put a mark where I think it can be broken.  Question 1 addresses that.  Thanks again to those of you sticking…

Connecting Flight – ch.6-updated

My continued thanks for coming back again.  This chapter is one that is supposed to give the story some direction.  I don’t know if that’s clear, or if that is clear enough.  I hope it works for you.  If not, I know that you will let me know.  What I don’t know is if it…

Connecting Flight – ch.5

A previous reader said that the next two chapters, 5 and 6, might need to be reversed.  Some opinions are that by chapter 5 a book needs to clarify a conflict, to set the direction for the rest of the story.   As it is written now, that happens in chapter 6.  Chapter 5 is…

Connecting Flight – ch. 4

My continued and unending thanks to those who are helping.  FYI – I’ve gone back to the first chapter, made some changes, and set the text in red in case you want to glance through to see what was changed or added.  I will also do that for other chapters as I revise using your…

Connecting Flight – ch.3

Chapter 3 Chris and Ann sat side by side at a wooden picnic table several yards from a small parking lot aside a two-lane road into the state park.  The road was jammed with cars that hadn’t moved during all the time they had been there because it was too narrow to handle as much…

Connecting Flight – ch.2

My thanks very much to those who carefully read and commented on chapter 1.  You are some very generous people with your time.  I know there are lots of other things you could be doing or reading, and it’s flattering and humbling that you’d choose to read here. To clear up a few things –…