On writing simultaneous novels, Part 2

Another issue that has confronted me in the process of writing four novels at the same time: back story. Four main characters, four sets of secondary and minor characters (many of them overlapping from one main character to another), four individual histories. Right now, however, it is the individual history side of the matter that... Continue Reading →

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On writing simultaneous novels: Part 1

It is not without reason that I have been absent from this forum since October. I have resumed a project that had stymied me a few years ago. I figured out what was its problem: it could not be one novel. In fact, it has turned into four novels that cover essentially the same events... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Day: Well Begun…?

I have had this song running through my mind off and on for the past few days: Those who know me even slightly will admit I am no optimist, which makes this choice of songs all the more unaccountable. Nevertheless, uncharacteristic or not, I must say that the past several days have been rather lovely.... Continue Reading →

“Slowly I Turned”: The Challenge

I have decided to set myself a challenge for the year 2014: to write a short story or essay each week. It will be not only a way to exercise my creativity, but also a way to hone my time management as a writer. As Monty Hall would have said, "But wait! There's more!" One... Continue Reading →

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