The 2014 Tour de Blog des Auteurs

Posted on Jun 8, 2014

Today I’m contributing to the latest leg of a blog tour for authors. We answer four questions about writing and why we write. Expect a diversity of responses and prose. 

Thanks to Barbara Lambert for inviting me, (and for writing The Whirling Girl, a delicious tale set in Tuscany). 

The next leg of the Tour: one of the requirements for tthere’s no way to generate 100,000 words. The difference this time around is that I’m working from a pretty well-defined synopsis. So all that’s needed is to fill in the details, right? All the writers in the room can stop laughing now.

What’s good about having a synopsis is that it's essentially a map of the story. With my first novel, it was a sequential effort; I had a general idea of the story arc and wrote the book from start to finish. This time, whenever I'm struggling with a scene, instead of feeling defeated, I just switch to writing a different scene at a different point of the story, one that’s easier to deal with at that moment. This is only possible because I know where I’ll be using that scene, where it fits on the map. But I still prefer writing from start to finish, because that’s how a reader would experience the story, and you need to be cognizant of pacing and flow, how events unfold. 

OK, enough about me. Kathy Page is also touring this week, and she's passing her baton on to Marilyn Bowering and Susan Juby! 

Here are some other great entries in the Tour de Blog so far: 

Lorna SuzukiMatilda Magtree * Alice Zorn * Anita Lahey * Pearl Pirie * Julie Paul * Sarah Mian * Steve McOrmond * Susan Gillis * Jason Heroux * Barbara Lambert

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Karen Lee wrote:
June 9, 2014
Congratulations on your new contract Janie - I've been toying with Scrivener but don' t know anyone using it. Would love to hear more about your experience.

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