Tag Archives: process

Happy Bastille Day, my dears–and we have a chat!

It’s Bastille Day in the middle of the Tour de France, so time to wave the tricoleur! (And as much as I enjoy my royal ancestors, I had a little shiver of history-lover delight when I saw the birth record … Continue reading

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Wrapping up Twitter questions

Today we’ve got a twofer! I’m answering the last two Twitter questions. First up, Christina had a query about imposter syndrome vs. historical fiction: Do you ever feel like you’ve captured the time period? Capturing the time period is impossible, … Continue reading

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References for Kate

Via Twitter, Kate asked: What are your go-to references for historical accuracy in fashion, politics, social interaction, etc? Most readers and writers are familiar with the obvious sources, so I’m going to list a few that might not immediately come … Continue reading

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A question about process

Dawn from Twitter asked: Of all your published works, which was the most challenging to write? It’s a strange thing, but every few books I get one that just won’t cooperate. I feel like I’m fighting it from day one. … Continue reading

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Questions? We’ve got ’em!

This week I buckled down to writing Veronica #3 in earnest and have written two chapters in two days. (YAY!) It’s been such a good start that I completely forgot to write a post yesterday. So, belatedly, here you go: … Continue reading

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Do you hear what I hear?

I’m frequently asked about process, and one of the questions that crops up most often is whether I listen to music. I know there are writers who don’t–and, stranger still, writers who can go out in public and write with … Continue reading

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Searching for research

Today I’m doing a request post. Writer pal Alyssa asked the following about my research methods: “Do you read through first, take notes as you go along? Are you looking for specific things before you start (like filling out a … Continue reading

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What I do well

So when I talk about writing, I mention perseverance as being key to my success. I wrote for 14 years before I was published, and by that I mean, I WROTE. I wrote full novels; I tried to get them … Continue reading

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So you wanted to know about process

Okay, maybe not YOU, but a writer pal asked in December if I would write a post about my research process, and I said SURE. Here’s the most important thing to remember: I AM ALWAYS RESEARCHING. Everything I read, everything … Continue reading

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In which we’re talking about Principles of Writing

So, reader Nancy asked if I would write a post about my principles of writing. And just putting it down in black and white makes it seem like I should call it PRINCIPLES OF WRITING which is scary and formal … Continue reading

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