book 3

Revising, Again

I’ve written about revising before, so I’m not certain this adds much.  I just want to say I love this stage.  I’m in draft 6 of Promised (Book 3 of the Birthmarked trilogy), and now that I’m more and more convinced I have all the scenes I need and that they’re in the right places, I can finally work at the level where I’m questioning each word.  It’s a little like working on a very long poem.

Promised, Draft 6

So much of character emerges here in… Continue reading

Note to Self: It’s Not the Plot

I swear I’ve been here before.

I’m working with this draft of Book 3, and I’ve been revising along pretty steadily from the beginning, knocking out characters and scenes, deepening what remains, and I’ve reached a place where Gaia gets out of trouble.  She can catch her breath for a minute, which is obviously a disaster as far as writing goes.  The two of us sit back and look ahead at the next few scenes, and the links between them are simply not there.  In fact, all… Continue reading

Note to Self

When you keep erasing as many pages as you write each day, and you keep going in wrong directions, don’t think that you’re not making progress, because you are.  It’s just thinking progress, not pages progress, and when you eventually identify that you’ve put your main character in a position of power and influence where her problems are global rather than personal, then add in some guards and get someone arrested, preferably her.

You might think you would know by now the absolute basic rule of fiction: make things… Continue reading

The Terror and the Trust of Not Outlining

I’m a seat-of-the-pantser.  I’ve done books using an outline before when I plotted out romances in ten chapters (major intimacy in Chapter 7) so I know it’s possible, but that is not how I wrote Birthmarked, and it is not working for the sequels.  The main problem is that I have to be in the scene, imagining it, in order to live where it’s going with Gaia.  Since she can’t see into the future, neither can I.  If the reader is to be surprised, I… Continue reading

The Genetic Freedom Act

The law isn’t really called that, but since I’m already playing with fiction twists, changing the name is a satisfying place to start.  The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 says about what you might expect it would: that insurance companies and employers can’t discriminate against anyone because of his or her genes.  They can’t demand genetic info about people, or their families, when they’re deciding whom not to cover in policies or whom to employ.  That’s the real law here in the U.S.

It’s just too… Continue reading