For about three years about 12 years ago, I cut and pasted and journaled and used stickers and die-cuts and patterned papers. Yep, I scrapbooked. It was all fun all the time. Yes, even the time I bought my then five year old daughter a fall dress with apple appliques because I could scrapbook it with, you guessed it, apples, apples and more apples. When I scrapbooked I always looked for the … [Read more...] about Consider Yourself The Authors' Apprentice
Welcome to another insightful and step-by-step guide to revisions by author Laura Harrington. Share with us how you work on your revisions, and if you think Laura's method would work for you! Revising Your Novel: Part 2: Character arcs: Get out your sharpies and get ready to draw. by Laura Harrington, author of ALICE BLISS We’re going to look at how to track every character’s dramatic arc in … [Read more...] about Revising Your Novel Part 2: Character Arcs
My all-time favorite story about being a writer is from the day my first column was published in the Chicago Tribune in December 2007. It was a piece about holiday cookies. No recipes, just a story about the diversity of holiday cookies and how they don't kvetch about being on the same plate. You get the gist. My friend's mom read it, called her and said, "I didn't know Amy was a baker!" My … [Read more...] about How Much Truth Is In (My) Fiction? Or…what do you mean it's not about you?
Nothing. Except today my book deal was announced so I had a whoopie pie! (I opt for sweets over alcohol every.single.time!) And, I received these beautiful flowers from my bff and her family. All in all, a delicious, fulfilling, humbling-beyond-belief kind of day -- the first of many I'm thinking - although I'm going to save whoopie pie consumption for only the most auspicious occasions. Here's … [Read more...] about What do a book deal, a whoopie pie and a bouquet of flowers have in common?