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notes to myself

Keeping a plot in order is no easy task. Not for me anyway. So I need to make notes to remind myself of things–like, how long should it take Paul to decide to ask Valerie to marry him? Gotta have something go wrong, of course–what could it be? Someone from somebody’s past is the most … Continue reading

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real time panic

This is obvious, but it only recently struck me how challenging it will be for me to keep up lakebelle.blogspot.com simply because it happens in real time. That’s REAL TIME. What on earth will I do when blog meets novel? How will there be plot? I must be out of my head. For the next … Continue reading

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Born That Way

I recently read an interview with a published author who said that a person is either born with talent or they’re not–that you can’t teach good writing. I practically decided never to read anything by this person ever again. Who do you know who sits there are says, “Oh, I’m a writer because I was … Continue reading

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Playing God and Goddess

I’m not sure if there is a difference between playing god or playing goddess, but it feels like there should be one… Anyway, writing may be a near perfect pursuit for the control freak. I’m trying to decide on a particular character’s fate (I’m not a big believer in fate in real life, but that’s … Continue reading

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Talking Back

One way or another a good story punches the gut, grabs the heart, or rattles the brain. And the stories I love give me courage as well. Oh, for those great moments when I read a scene and think–wow, this writer doesn’t care what her friends think, what his family worries about, what the critics … Continue reading

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Spoilers

People who set out to ruin a story for someone else are right up there with people who like to ruin Christmas for children. How malicious is it–you’re enjoying something I don’t approve of so zap! take that enthusiastic person! ha-ha, you’re upset and I feel so much better. Rumor has it that a restaurant … Continue reading

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Novel Out of Control

So, storytelling. You do your best to seduce the reader, make her want to turn the page to see what will be revealed, compell him to stay up late to be with you…whatever the genre if you can capture your reader’s heart, hats off and trumpets sound and confetti fly for you. At this point … Continue reading