Back in the 1980s, I started a story I called Seeker and Slayer. Even years later, when I started to really build Ihyel, I knew where the story would go. And yet, I wrote on the map: Shelved Idea. I made notes. The earliest incarnation of the story I have somewhere in my files. Probably… Read More Shelved… for later.
So, a while back I hired an editor to work on Fate of the Red Queen. I’ll admit, I struggled, which came as a shock, because I’m usually quite willing to do battle with a book, and I’ve generally embraced commentary–even commentary I don’t agree with–because they make me think! And THAT makes the writing… Read More Tapping the Edits
I was stuck with one of my drafts of Sen of the Woods, and had another writer friend, Claire Ryan read it. “What’s it about?” I had to ask her. I didn’t know. And THAT should have been my key into what was wrong, but I was too close to it, and needed Claire’s help.… Read More Facing a Critique that Feels Like Doom!