I talked last time about how I chose the place and time for my story. And once that was done, I started looking into the culture of modern and historical Peru. The rabbit hole of link clicking was astronomical so I'll spare you those details. I learned a bunch of basics and found a whole… Continue reading Food in Modern Peru
Let's talk about setting. And in particular, how to pick a setting. If you're anything like me, you've set your books in made up places vaguely based on somewhere you've been or somewhere you live. Write what you know, and all that. And, if you're like me, you've also probably done some research about what… Continue reading Where in the World is My Setting?
One thing I have always struggled with is how on earth to write a good opening. I’ve spent years reading and analyzing stories and still struggled to understand exactly what made the opening of a book a good one. Enter Save the Cat! Writes a Novel aka my new best friend. The book somehow puts… Continue reading Save the Cat: The Opening Image
So, we are only several months delayed, and I’m not going to be able to do these posts as quickly as I had hoped, but we are finally ready to discuss Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. The first chapter of Save the Cat! is about finding yourself a story-worthy hero. I can’t share all… Continue reading Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero
When I agreed to co-write this book with Allie, I’ll admit I was extremely nervous. I had checked out her stories so I knew she could write, and we'd talked a bit so I knew she was nice, but we had “known” each other for all of fifteen minutes when we started drafting the story.… Continue reading Writing As Improvisation
Once we had the very skeleton plot organized, Allie and I moved into creating our two main characters. This is where things got tricky because we worked by consensus. What I mean by that is if we didn’t agree on something, we kept looking until we found something that we did agree on. We work… Continue reading How We Created Characters