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

The Reading Of Draft 7

Back in June, I finished draft 7 of my historical novel, Waist. I did one final read-through, sent it off to a few people to read, and then let it “rest” for two months. I’d been working on it steadily since the previous August (with a short break to give birth to Edwin) and I felt like I needed some time away from it to get a new perspective. Well, goal attained. I certainly do have a... read more

The Non-Writing Writer

Back in December, in my post Finished, I said that the hardest part of writing my novel, completing the first draft, was over. Well, I was wrong. Turns out the hardest part is re-reading that first draft, considering what needs to be edited and fixed, and realizing that one possible solution involves removing one or two of the four point-of-view characters from the story. Not eliminating them altogether,... read more