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Looking For Beta-Readers

Hello, dear readers! This week, I finished the third draft of my novel, The Loss of Our Mothers, set during the Great Blizzard of 1888. Which means that I am now looking for beta-readers. Hey, Leanne, what are beta-readers? Beta-readers volunteer to read a manuscript between drafts. The book is complete, but still in progress. My favorite things about being a beta reader are: You get a sneak peek at an... read more

Writing Process: 7 Productivity Boosters

Draft 2 of Blizzard, my novel set during the Blizzard of 1888, turned into something of a beast: it was a complete re-write that took very little material from the first draft. I worked almost exclusively on it from mid-January to mid-May. Along the way, I adapted my writing process and learned some new tricks to help myself work better and faster. It should be noted that these process tweaks are only... read more

Five Ways To Study Characters

I spent the past two weeks getting reacquainted with the characters for my second historical novel, BLIZZARD (still a working title). After writing the first draft over the summer, I took a break from the book to let things marinate. I’ve decided that much will be changed in the second draft. Most of the characters will retain vestiges of their former selves, but some will be changed drastically,... read more

Finishing Draft 1: Then Vs. Now

Last Wednesday, I reached the end of Blizzard, draft 1. (For more details about the book’s plot and characters, return to this post.) I was powerfully reminded of the way I felt when I reached the end of draft 1 of Waist on the auspicious date of 12/12/12. I was exhilarated then; I thought I had reached a finish line. Part of the blog post I wrote to celebrate that first draft’s ending said,... read more

Re-Post: How To Edit Like A Musician (and other links)

Note from Leanne: I’m choosing this post as the second in a series of re-posts not for its initial popularity, but because it’s a subject near and dear to my heart: cross-pollination between the practices of music and writing. All creative professions have a lot to learn from each other, and figuring out how my music training could be applied to writing changed a lot about how I work (and got... read more

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