Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to write romantic subplots

“So are Ash and Skye going to get together or what?” my mom demanded after reading the latest installment of my Syzygy series. I stifled a groan. “Do you think I'm that predictable?” “No, I just know you.” Meaning she knows I’m a total sucker for a good ship. Since childhood, I’ve endured tedious book series and shark-jumping … Continue reading Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to write romantic subplots

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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs

As both a writer and a musician, songs and stories are inextricable for me. Lyrics are a fascinating narrative form--Springsteen is like Steinbeck with a guitar--and even the flimsiest dance tune develops a narrative in an author's imagination. I've got whole soundtracks for novels! No room for that today, so here are a few of … Continue reading Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs

How to Write a Novel, Part 1: Turning an idea into a story

Last night I began teaching my first creative writing class at a local college. The course helps participants launch their first novel, from the germ idea through the first chapters. While I don’t claim to be an expert in the discipline—Ernest Hemingway famously said that writing is a craft where no one ever becomes a master—I … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 1: Turning an idea into a story