When you sit down to write, are you making papier-mâché or sculpture? Why do you prefer that approach? What do you struggle with, and how do you overcome those challenges?
As far as reading is concerned, the year is off to a great start. Here’s what I read to wrap up 2018 and kick off 2019.
In Blanca & Roja, Anna-Marie McLemore blends familiar fairytales The Swan Princess and Snow White and Rose Red into a rich, luxurious story of friendship, love and self-acceptance that is told with her signature style of magical realism.
Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, Deb Caletti’s A Heart in a Body in the World reads like a battle cry for young women in the #MeToo era.
Every member of your supporting cast brings a lifetime’s worth of experiences, values, quirks, and perspectives to the table, and the more you can honor that by fully developing every character, the richer your story will become.
In the spirit of Halloween and NaNoWriMo, there’s no better time to visit the Gothic genre.
Are there any items in your fictional world that are so charged, so laden with meaning, that they’re impacting the environment and/or the characters’ behavior?
In fiction, our most riveting stories are built on conflicts where all parties are equally convicted of their own, opposing beliefs. And each party stands in the way of the others’ objectives.
Sometimes we just need a little help from fate to see our stories all the way through. And that’s ok. But there are more effective ways to set up those coincidences than dropping them in right at the critical moment.