Upping your writing game (metaphors and more)

Upping your writing game (metaphors and more)

There’s densely sweet fruitcake, and then there’s cheap white bread. Writing can be that different, too. One is delightfully packed with metaphors, clever turns of phrase and words that dance into your ears and evoke surprising emotions or images. Or plain vanilla,...
Finishing a novel

Finishing a novel

What do I do when I finish a novel (as I just have)? 1. Clean my office. 2. Do all the chores that have piled up  as I wrote my last few chapters (during that last dash to the finish line, I am aware of very little else around me!). 3. Conduct a final polishing of my...
Writing a novel, Stage II

Writing a novel, Stage II

I used to have a roommate who was a “colorist”; as a young artist intern, she colored-in the black and white artwork of a senior artist. Recently, it occurred to me that Stage II of writing a novel is kind of like that, at least for me. When I finish a...
Writing “in the zone”

Writing “in the zone”

Doesn’t happen often, but isn’t it a thrill when your writing goes “into the zone.” What does that mean? For me, it means inspiration is flowing like water through a fire hose, and I resent making time for eating, sleeping or socializing. It...