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The Random Heartless Research List

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  With just two weeks to go before Heartless  arrives bookstores, I thought I would share a curious little behind-the-scenes look into the creation of a novel.   Namely – the entirely bizarre things that we authors sometimes have to research.   The … Continue reading

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Querying and Agents: A Little Bit of Guidance

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Things that make me sad: When I respond to a piece of fanmail, especially those from aspiring writers, only for the email to bounce back! That happened this morning, so in the hopes that said fan might read this blog, … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block, Schmiter’s Block

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I cannot believe that I’ve never done a blog post about writer’s block. I mean, that’s writer-blogger 101, isn’t it? Everyone’s done a post on writer’s block!   But I couldn’t find one in my archives, and it’s a pretty … Continue reading

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My Writing Process: Questions & Answers

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 (Quick reminder: I’ll be on the Fierce Reads tour that kicks off this Wednesday! See the tour dates and locations here: https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads/events)     I’m thrilled that so many of you found this series of blog posts to be helpful … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 9: The Publisher’s Editorial Process

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The book is in the hands of the publisher and for once, you can take a breather! Hooray!   Depending on the publication schedule, this breather might be for a couple of weeks or it could potentially be months. I … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 8: Tweaking and Polishing

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Finally, after months of research, brainstorming, outlining, and drafting, followed by multiple rounds of revision, getting feedback from my beta readers and editor, followed by yet more revision…   The Book. Is. Done.   Well, sort of.   The major … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 7: Beta Readers & Final Revisions

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Beta readers (also called critique partners) are, for most writers, an absolutely critical part of the writing process. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my beta readers that I don’t know what I would do without them, … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 6: Revisions

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Last week I talked about my incredibly involved, complicated method for writing the second draft of a book.   My method for revisions for each additional draft looks similar to that first revision round, but on a smaller scale. For … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 5: The Second Draft

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Once I’ve had some time away from my first draft, it’s time to start in on revisions. Naturally, the first stage in revisions is . . . the second draft!   The second draft is the most complicated stage of … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 4: Simmering Periods

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In between each draft of a writing project, I make a point of taking some time away from it. I call it a simmering period. (Like making a soup or spaghetti sauce… you need to give it time to simmer … Continue reading

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