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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Scott Mullins

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Gravity of Birds

Gravity of BirdsOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Like so many of our novels, Tracy created The Gravity of Birds from other works.

“I had two short stories I liked, but couldn’t seem to finish. One was about how the relationship between two sisters is altered when one is forced to assume the role of caregiver for the other. The second story concerned a young man, recently out of school, who unexpectedly finds his career on a downward trajectory, a situation he’d never prepared himself for. No matter how I tried, none of the endings I came up with seemed … Read more

Overwhelmed by the competition?

Overwhelmed by the competition?Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition

Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?

Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!

Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.

You are not alone.  We all feel the immense  bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more

Characters in Fiction

Characters in FictionAsk me about a favorite book – and I’ll describe the heroine.

We often, if pressed, remember key points of a plot, but what really stick in our heads are the characters.  We remember the who over the how, before the what.

Do we love Jane Austen’s books because of the intricate plots? Not really.

The story? Please, we know the story. What we love are the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend for whom we wish as much Read more

Protect your writing timeWe say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything.  It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.

In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.

And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.

But I do protect it.

I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.

And that’s the making of time I suppose.  I make time for writing.… Read more

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