So much of my life in America has been an Alice in Wonderland experience that I just roll with it, even eating turkey twice within a month, on Thanksgiving and at Christmas. Nothing makes you …Read More →
Posts By: Lia
I’m delighted to welcome plot guru Martha Alderson to my blogging home today. Martha has worked with hundreds of writers in sold-out plot workshops, retreats, and plot consultations for more than fifteen …Read More →
Have you ever started a novel or story but lost impetus after the opening act, unsure what should happen next, but sensing that the arc you pre-planned doesn’t work for some mysterious reason? Then maybe you need to take another look at what your protagonist does after the incident that gets the story started.Read More →
I’ve been a bad girl. I’ve allowed myself to get distracted by a thousand different things, become a virtual social butterfly, and forgotten what’s really important to me—writing my book.
Something needs to be done.
My problem …Read More →
A number of people have asked me what I think the publishing world will look like when the dust has settled on the current revolution, and last weekend I was invited to participate …Read More →
I just had to share this with you because I love it so much. Of course it’s London, my home town, which helps. But I adore the professor flying on his penny farthing, …Read More →
Look at old editions of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, or any number of books from earlier eras and the cover illustrations make it clear from the outset that they don’t pander to girls at all. They …Read More →
I love the story that I’m writing, but I often worry that I don’t have the talent to do it justice. Every time that thought really begins to gnaw at my enthusiasm, I …Read More →
Boys need and deserve books addressed specifically to them, to overcoming the fears or ‘monsters’ that bedevil them. For what are great stories if not a vicarious exploration of one’s deepest darkest fears, vanquished by an unlikely but ultimately worthy hero?Read More →
It’s the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Chetham Library in Manchester, England, was founded in 1653 for the education of “the sons of honest, industrious and painful parents”.Read More →
I went into Borders with my 21-year old son yesterday. He stood beside me, shoulders hunched, hands in pockets, as I perused the YA shelves to see who’s getting the prime shelf space and why—a …Read More →
I’m on a heinous self-inflicted deadline, having promised to deliver my manuscript to my Long-Suffering Agent (LSA) on June 24th. So, of course, now that I’ve given myself no room for mishaps, the gods are …Read More →
As another mad National Novel Writing Month challenge comes to a close I’m particularly grateful to have any words on the page at all, never mind …Read More →