Tag Archive: fiction writing


Someone wants to interview me?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: YA writers make up one of the richest, most generous networks you’ll find.

Another case in point: Blogger Dorothy Dreyer’s We Do Write blog, whose summary reads:

At this very moment, future best sellers are being written by people among us. It could be anyone.

It could be you.
I thought I’d take it upon myself to get to know them before they shoot off into stardom, and show my support during their climb.
Wow!
Dorothy recently asked to interview me about THIRTY DECIBELS. I couldn’t believe it for a few days, but then I came up with some decent answers…

Check out the interview here.

Paragraph pride

Maybe it’s unhealthy to blog about a paragraph of progress, but with all the circumstances of today, I’m surprised I even wrung out a good sentence. [Circumstances: had a list of downtown pre-writing errands, no coffee until 2:45 pm, and my laptop screen has decided to be fritz-y indefinitely – I can only kind-of/sort-of read it at horsey resolutions.]

So, here goes. (Background: Thirty Decibels is first-person, from main character Ava’s POV. This takes place just before her coming-of-age ceremony.):

This is really it. Maybe there’s something we should say now, but in my head I’m fast-forwarding to the relief of afterward. I don’t let on – it’s the kind of thing Michele might twist around and feel rotten about. So here, on a floral comforter whose pilled places are now alien under my fingers, I sit on the brink of adulthood: unprepared, stomach stuffed with dread and turning with awkward guilt. Perfect.

I added this paragraph to page two as part of a rewrite for emotion, which I began today. I hope I’m on the right track – it’s a tough one. Sometimes I feel I should go “Method” with it (I’m only half-kidding). Or maybe find a high school library to work in. My diaries are only so helpful; though the subject matter recalls what my high school boy obsessions days were like, I was surprisingly fact- and thought-based in recording them.

Writers, what are your methods for portraying emotion (or for inspiring it in your readers, if different)?

Update: My laptop screen’s back from the dead! And I meant to mention Livia Blackburne’s recent entry on this same topic. Excellent as always.

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