Category Archives: Writing Process

Setting: A Big Deal in Historical Fiction

One question I’ve been asked about FINDING KATE is why set the book in 1485 in England? Why the Wars of the Roses and the late middle ages? Why England at all? Shakespeare set “The Taming of the Shrew” in … Continue reading

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Beginnings, Again

Oh no, she’s not really going to complain about beginnings again, is she? Oh yes, she is. Last time, writing FINDING KATE, I stressed about the beginning because Kate is, at the outset, perceived by people as a shrew. She’s abrasive, … Continue reading

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Am I like Kate? Is she like me?

During an interview for FINDING KATE, I was asked whether I felt a kinship with Kate. Had I drawn on my own experience in writing the novel? That’s a tough question for me to answer. In some ways, I struggled with writing … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block? Who, Me?

I’ve always been proud to say I don’t get writer’s block. Believe me, I have plenty of petty work-avoidance techniques that enable me to say that. But until recently, I haven’t been writing. At all. First, there was the craziness … Continue reading

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Mid Year Review

Back in January, I wrote a post that was not at all about New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Except that I called it “Resolutions.” Dammit. And now that we have made it through half of the … Continue reading

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Rain and Transitions

On Sunday night, I went with my family and some friends to Denver City Park to see an outdoor jazz concert. We brought a picnic dinner and snacks, and were having a lovely time. Here’s a picture of our spot, … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Prequels: Or, One Way “The Hobbit” Failed Us

George Lucas could tell Peter Jackson a thing or two about the pitfalls of prequels. I’m only going to talk about one of the problems, and that’s as a storyteller, not as a fan. Because as a fan, I could … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned From Acting Shakespeare – Part Two

Saturday, March 14, 2015, was the last day of my Shakespeare acting class. It was amazing. Last week, I wrote a post about my impressions and feelings about the class based upon my experiences in the prior weeks leading up … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned From Acting Shakespeare – Part One

My friend and writing group member, Trudy (@mabelgygi), convinced me to take a Shakespeare acting class with her. It’s an adult outreach program at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (@COShakes) in Boulder, Colorado, where I see all my Shakespeare plays every … Continue reading

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Research: Finding the Fun

One thing about writing historical fiction:  no matter how much you know (or think you know) about your time period, you will have to do research. It may be as simple as stopping, mid-sentence, to wonder, “Did the word ‘substantial’ … Continue reading

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