Character and plot workshop!

June 16, Al Capone Does My Shirts Last week’s column was cancelled due to illness. I think an impending deadline literally made me ill? Can you die from writer’s block? Gennifer Choldenko, author of Al Capone Does My Shirts ($6.99, Penguin), has become my new hero. Why? Because Choldenko clearly invested a lot of time […]

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Character building

Who’s that girl? Clarice Bean is a curious, opinionated, passionate litte Brit. For a girl of around nine or ten, she has quite the caustic wit and a very interesting world view. She is also hopelessly, utterly committed to her one true love — the Ruby Redfort spy series. If, based on my description, you’re […]

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Lesson No. 1: You’ve gotta’ love it!

’ve been a journalist, a mom, a volunteer and a bunch of other stuff. Through it all, though, I’ve been a writer. How did I go from being a single mom nursing the tendrils of a childhood dream to a child-at-heart with her very own agent in New York and well-known publisher? And can I help other writers-at-heart to turn their lifelong dream into wishes-come-true?

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