Tag Archives: Joan Aiken

Finding Time

“Regular writing on a novel is absolutely essential. The plot and characters may be well established in your mind. But it is a constant battle to ensure that they are not swamped with other, personal preoccupations.” Joan Aiken, The Way … Continue reading

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Story Structuring

“Reading is like stepping into somebody else’s mind, a holiday from oneself.” Joan Aiken A short story: When I was in the midst of an early rewrite of my children’s novel, I decided to give my little heroine another girl … Continue reading

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Creating Characters

“When characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action.” Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author Building believable characters is one of the foremost challenges of nay fiction writer. … Continue reading

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Regular Writing

“Regular writing on a novel is absolutely essential. The plot and characters may be well established in your mind. But it is a constant battle to ensure that they are not swamped with other, personal preoccupations.” Joan Aiken, The Way … Continue reading

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Open Door

“Effort doesn’t fully release its reward until a person refuses to quit.” Napoleon Hill Just recently, I decided to put the agent search for my YA novel on hold while I make changes based on feedback I’ve received. At first … Continue reading

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