Category: Novel Writing

Giving in to the Need to Get Outside of Myself, On a Snowy Day in April

Giving in to the Need to Get Outside of Myself, On a Snowy Day in April
Post written by Laura Vasilion  Wearing no coat, no hat, a young girl passed by my house the other day. I watched her walk down the sidewalk, trailed by her little black dog. Overhead, an April snow drifted down upon them. It clung to the girl’s long brown hair. Dusted the small dog’s dark fur.... Read more »

Jólabókaflóð: A Christmas Tradition

Jólabókaflóð: A Christmas Tradition
by Susan DeLay It’s Christmas Eve. Late. The children are nestled all snug in their beds, or at least quietly playing video games as X-box sucks their brains out. While I realize thousands of parents are reading “some assembly required” instructions printed in Chinese and are hoping to get a special toy put together before... Read more »

A Dream By Day With Ragnar, the Main Character of My Second Novel

A Dream By Day With Ragnar, the Main Character of My Second Novel
Posted by Laura Vasilion  “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allen Poe.  I love this quote because that is what I do with my days. I dream. For hours. Every fiction writer does. These days, I am dreaming about Ragnar, the... Read more »
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5 Rules of the Spin Game: When a Character Insists on Taking Spin Classes

5 Rules of the Spin Game: When a Character Insists on Taking Spin Classes
Barb, a supporting character in my novel Saving Jesus, is not taking her transition into her fifties lying down. She jogs, lifts weights, wears cool glasses, can complete the 50-yard dash in stilettos, and has become a devotee of the spin class. May God have mercy on my soul I don’t need to know a... Read more »

13 Things I’d Rescue if I Lived in the Path of a Hurricane

13 Things I’d Rescue if I Lived in the Path of a Hurricane
Posted by Susan DeLay Every time I’ve turned on television this week, I’ve seen horrific images of people in Houston who have lost everything in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Now Floridians are bracing to survive Hurricane Irma. Smoothie on steroids A director at Samaritan’s Purse, who is overseeing relief efforts, said when a hurricane... Read more »

Writing through the Fog

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow I love a good quotation. Years ago, I treated myself to a hardcover copy of Bartlett’s Quotations and spent many an evening perusing its pages... Read more »
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Colorful Characters Part 1: The Jury Room

Colorful Characters Part 1: The Jury Room
Post written by Susan DeLay For all the whining that accompanies a summons to jury duty, as a writer, it is a treasure trove when it comes to mining for interesting characters for stories. And if you’ve ever been called to the court house to serve, you know there is no end to the colorful characters... Read more »

Blinded with Science: 7 Solar Eclipse Questions that Deserve Answers

Blinded with Science:  7 Solar Eclipse Questions that Deserve Answers
Post written by Susan DeLay A total eclipse may be one of the perfect settings for a mystery novel. One minute, everyone is alive and happy, then the moon passes in front of the sun, plunging the scene into total darkness for about 7.5 minutes. When the sun comes back out, someone is…da-da-da-dum…DEAD! Just like... Read more »

Useless Characters? Leonardize Them!

Useless Characters? Leonardize Them!
Getting rid of characters is easy. You can severely wound them. Put them into a coma. Give them amnesia. Send them to Timbuktu. Or you can do as I do and “leonardize” them. In the first draft of my novel “Without a Sound,” I introduced a Gestapo agent named Leonard. I know writers tend to paint... Read more »
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The Mathematics of Words or Why I Don't Play Lumosity Anymore

The Mathematics of Words or Why I Don't Play Lumosity Anymore
Posted by Laura  When it comes to fiction writing, I am a slow writer. In order to get inside a story, I have to close the office door, put on soft music, and let my mind wander. I know of no other way to ease myself into the process. Shake the images out of my head.... Read more »