What method do you use to write a novel?

fountainpenI recently read this question “What method do you use to write a novel?” on Quora and thought I would share my answer with those of you who might be interested.

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Do you create an outline and then fill it in until a novel takes shape? Do you sit down and write organically? Also please include some things you like and dislike about your method.

When I’m writing a novel, I use a mixture of organic writing (or free writing) – just letting the story unfold as I type away – and outlining. My outlines are not detailed but I use it to figure out where a scene will work the most effectively. I use specific outlines when I’m writing non-fiction.

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Book Review: Christmas Angel by Jo Beverly

Jo Beverly is one of my favorite Regency Romance authors and Christmas Angel, The Company of Rogues series, book 3, is one of her best. I love the Company of Rogues series. While at Eaton, eight boys formed a pact – sealed with a blood oath – to protect each other and be there when needed. Now that they are men, they have been through war and difficult situations. This series chronicles some of their lives and how the Company of Rogues has stepped in to help. Although there is a little overlapping of characters, each book can stand alone.

In “Christmas Angel” we get to read the story of Leander Knollis, Lord Charrington. He has returned from war and decided he wants a wife without the complications and emotional tangles of love. He thinks he’s found that in Judith Rossiter, the Weeping … Read more

Are you an introvert?

I was reading some of the web pages I’ve saved in Evernote and came across this article. I thought I would share it with you. Artists, writers, scientists, and musicians are often introverts. I am very much an introvert and especially relate to Myth #9.

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Let me tell you about introverts.  This is a genetic characteristic of a small percentage (15%) of the population and an absolutely essential one to moving the human race forward.  Besides, there are some important differences between the brains of introverts and extroverts.  You can’t change.

All about Introverts

1. We choose our words carefully so others don’t have to wade through a river of words to understand what we are saying.

2. We have imagination and rich inner worlds.

3. We are more likely to access our innermost thoughts and creative ideas because we embrace solitude.

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Be vigilant to avoid PayPal fraud

I recently received an email from “PayPal” asking me to verify my account. It had the PayPal logo and looked like it was from a special division that handled that sort of thing. We have just moved so I thought the email might be in response to that.

I started to fill out the form. The first page wanted my name and address; no warning bells went off since this is public information anyone can access. Then I came to a page that wanted my social security number! That set off all kinds of bells – police sirens, church bells, car horns, etc. and I stopped right there.

I got out of that email and opened up my PayPal account. There was nothing about having to verify anything or anything else, for that matter. I sent an email to them and this was their reply. I thought you might be interested. Staying … Read more