My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope
014: Plotting with Character & Theme

014: Plotting with Character & Theme

May 20, 2019

An overview of my first week plotting book 4 in my fantasy series. 

This week’s best thing: Plotting! Perhaps my favorite part of the writing process.

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013: Terrifying & Fun

013: Terrifying & Fun

May 13, 2019
Starting a brand new book… no, I’m not scared at all.
 
This week’s best thing: Soot and Slipper by Kate Stradling
 
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012: Practically Perfect in Every Way?

012: Practically Perfect in Every Way?

May 6, 2019
I have turned in my manuscript (let us all rejoice!) and muse on my ongoing struggle with perfectionism.
 
 
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011: Choose Your Own Adventure

011: Choose Your Own Adventure

April 29, 2019

Thoughts on publishing paths: indie and traditional. Also, inspiring honesty in writing and life.

THIS WEEK'S BEST THING: Avengers: Endgame(!!!)

MENTIONS:
- Angelina Lopez blog post
- Indie Author Central (IAC) on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/letztalkbooks/

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010: Creating Characters w/ Paul James

010: Creating Characters w/ Paul James

April 22, 2019

This week I have a special guest: actor Paul James (aka my brother). Known for GreekThe Last Ship, and The Path, Paul shares his perspective on creating characters by bringing a writer’s words to life.

This week’s best thing: my birthday! + Game of Thrones!

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009: Suffering is optional

009: Suffering is optional

April 15, 2019

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." - Haruki Murakami

THIS WEEK'S BEST THING: I got to see Audra McDonald perform live! (She could be every week's best thing!) https://audramcdonald.com/

WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT:
- Sending my April newsletter
- What to write next?
- Working on chapter epigraphs for CRY OF METAL & BONE

LINKS:
- Fonda Lee Twitter quiz: https://twitter.com/FondaJLee/status/1115051419134877696

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008: Seeing the Scene — Revision & QA Testing

008: Seeing the Scene — Revision & QA Testing

April 8, 2019

How novel revision and software development are basically the same thing. This week I enter the last(ish) stage of my revision, discuss the many uses of index cards, character verbs, and try not to let thoughts of piracy derail me.

This week's best thing: I finished the final proofing of WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME! Hoorah!

Mentions:
- Verbalize by Damon Suede - https://amzn.to/2ORE0qa
- The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne - https://amzn.to/2Um01DB
- Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell - https://amzn.to/2I3ndQd
- Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland - https://amzn.to/2UkBv5u
- Author Rachel Caine on piracy

 

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007: Doing Your Work

007: Doing Your Work

April 1, 2019

"The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work." — Toni Morrison

Writing updates, quarterly planning, and my thoughts on recent events in the romance writing world. 

This Week's Best Thing: WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME Advanced Reader Copies are here!!

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006: The Gods Must Be Tired

006: The Gods Must Be Tired

March 25, 2019

On managing decision fatigue and why high output (writing all the things!) requires high input (aka my excuse for binge reading).

This Week's Best Thing: The Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas 

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005: What’s in a Name?

005: What’s in a Name?

March 17, 2019

This week I talk writerly intuition and do some research to come up with character names.

This week's best thing: Trailers Galore!
- Aladdin trailer
- Avengers:Endgame
- Bel-Air

The Writer's Well podcast: http://thewriterswell.org

Article on the Sami Concept of Time: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/sami/dieda/anthro/concept-time.htm

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

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