Friday, November 27, 2009

Critique Partners


I hate to think where my writing would be without you...

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: The Secret Life of Prince Charming (D. Caletti) Waiting for You AND Take Me There(S. Colasanti) Reality Leak AND The Farwalker's Quest (J. Sensel)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Expect the Unexpected

One of the things I love most about writing first drafts is the joy of discovering the unexpected. Even though I open the blank page each morning with an idea of where the story's going, I never know exactly how I'm going to get there. The journey is the fun part, especially when it takes me to a place I never imagined going. More often than not, the unexpected makes me giggle, but sometimes it makes me cry.

What about you?

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: Marcello in the Real World ( F. Stork) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (J. Kelly) Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It (S. Frazier)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

On Research

Research is the chocolate frosting on my writing cake. And I'm wild about chocolate frosting. Why do I adore hunting down information so much?

Digging for information often sparks my imagination and sends me flying in an unanticipated creative direction. Like yesterday. I spoke with an old friend, a retired bio-chemist, who introduced me to buckyballs. I can't stop thinking about them and how I will use them in my current work-in-progress. Just saying the word buckyball makes me giggle.

What about you? Do you love doing research? What fun things have you discovered?

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: Room One (Andrew Clements) Blind Faith (Ellen Wittlinger)