Getting Close to Your Characters

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic workshop at the Writers in Progress studio in beautiful Florence, Massachusetts. Led by author Jacqueline Sheehan, the workshop was called “Getting Close to Your Characters.” Anyone who’s struggled with bringing characters and their motivations (real and hidden) to life knows what we’re talking about. It ain’tContinue reading “Getting Close to Your Characters”

Summer Reading

Summertime and the reading is good this year. We’ve selected our seasonal picks, and will surely be spotted toting them on vacation and to neighborhood parks. Here’s what we’ve chosen:  From Karen: My extremely well read sister has shamed me into reading Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. Okay, there are a few holes in myContinue reading “Summer Reading”

Author, Author!

From Cathy Last week I had the pleasure of attending two literary events celebrating new books by people I’m proud to call friends. They are both exceptional writers, and I was honored to have been asked to review at least parts of both of their books while they were being written. I’m even mentioned in their acknowledgements,Continue reading “Author, Author!”

Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti, having just released her fab-tastic debut novel, Bright Coin Moon, offers up some tips for fitting writing into your holiday craziness. Please check out her website, and order a copy of Bright Coin Moon for yourself or any YA readers on your gift list. It’s a smart, funny, moving tale of a teenager caught up in her mother’s fake fortunetelling business,Continue reading “Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti”

Okay, this was fun

Karen’s official book launch was this Saturday–a quiet signing at Breakwater Books in Guilford, Connecticut. And damn it, I just had to be there. I decided not to tell her I was coming, for two reasons: 1) I thought it would be fun to surprise her, and 2) If I had to back out at the lastContinue reading “Okay, this was fun”

A Novel November

October has a mere three days left, and you fiction writers all know what that means… Yes, it’s NaNoWriMo time! NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—invites you … no, encourages … actually  it sort of demands that you write a whole novel in one month. It’s how I wrote a book, many years ago, and it’s one ofContinue reading “A Novel November”

Stubborn Streak

There is something to be said for that stubborn streak your parents always complained about. “Muleheaded” was, as I recall, my parents’ fave term. That trait has gotten me into more than a few fights and through plenty of standoffs with my kids, and into a fair amount of trouble. It’s also gotten me publishedContinue reading “Stubborn Streak”

Summer Daze

Hi all, Sorry for the lateness in posting.Remember when summers used to mean long, lazy days with nothing to do but read, run, play, hang by the pool? Yeah, we barely recall that either. And even if we did, it’s a far cry from what we’re doing now, right? Here at Write Despite, we’ve beenContinue reading “Summer Daze”

The Long and Short of It

Taking a break from the book for a while because … well, because I’m stuck. Discouraged. Not feeling it . But you don’t want to hear my problems. Neither does Karen. She told me to shut up and quit whining and go write a short story. Okay, she was much nicer than that, but IContinue reading “The Long and Short of It”

Go ahead, distract me

Distraction is the enemy of the writing process, and it’s a wily enemy. Because we do a lot of our writing at home, we are subject to a particular virulent strain known as Domestic Distraction (DD.) When we sit down to write (often hiding from our children and other family members) we can pretty muchContinue reading “Go ahead, distract me”