Musicians hear tintinnabuli, tonality and hierarchical pitch delivered through the intersection of mathematics and sound. The rest of us hear music. Our ears, through the very human reaction of nerves and sensation, translate it to emotion.
I don’t know any fiction writer, published or unpublished, who cannot benefit from the incomparable experience of Katherine Forrest, who has selected and nurtured hundreds of manuscripts, over decades, into the marketplace.
Marissa’s “stand on the table and announce you love your lesbian daughter” Mom (Finders Keepers) looked an awful lot like Meryl Streep to me.
Karin and KG agree: writing is a lot more fun than rewriting.
As a Pisces with six planets in Pisces, I’m lucky not to be in orbit. My muse is the Pisces, but the writer’s legs touch the ground, even though sometimes she’s on tiptoes.
The women who wrote said those themes in the book spoke to them–and they liked the story, too! Romance is romance, after all, and in a lesbian romance you get double the love from the female point of view.
I am planning to revisit any previous work and assemble a good quantity of stories, but the characters have to speak.
I also believe that laughter is probably the best thing in life. You can do it anywhere, any time and with anyone. And it feels good.
Perhaps one of the reasons I rarely deal in repeating characters is that I’d have to remember all the things that happened to them before.
It’s a funny situation because nobody asks if you play the violin, can construct a 7-layer wedding cake, run marathons, create fine art, practice patent law, sing jazz, or solve quadratic equations for fun.
The woman who sees in my books an affirmation of who she is and her right to basic respect and hope in her life…
The film’s treatment of the basic questions that face writers, and especially women writers, is gently provocative.
Overall, my focus in all contacts is name recognition and genre recognition. (“This is who I am and this is what I write.”)
Theme, character, plot for me are like making a ball of jello.
The readers of any given novel number in the tens of thousands and I hear feedback from not even 1%, so I must acknowledge that what I do receive by way of feedback is automatically selective; it reflects the opinions from readers with the strongest feelings about any given book.
Is it a main character, a secondary character or an incidental one – once the author decides that, then the work to be done is clear.
I know I fall into the more intuitive approach to creating characters and it’s a relief to know I’m not alone!
Each writer has to pick her own standards for success; I just hate it when someone else’s unrealistic expectations leads another to ignore her bliss.