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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Saw Janet Evanovich on Anderson Cooper yesterday

Janet Evanovich was on the Anderson Cooper show promoting the movie One for The Money. After the show, I went onto Kobo site and bought her book "How I write" and started reading it last night. Ms Evanovich gives solid advice on writing and what works for her. I read a few of the Stephanie Plum books when they first came out. They are laugh out loud funny. My brother, sister-in-law and I used to exchange the books back and forth. Maybe I'll get back into them. I always prefer reading over movies.

I follow a bunch of writers on Twitter including Julie Isaac who write ebooks and a blog on writing so I checked her site, too. It's called WritingSpirit Blog. She gives all kind of tips. It's worth checking out if you're serious about writing.

I also came across Randy Ingermanson's blog and his Snowflake Method for writing fiction which is based on fractal mathematics. This is similar to what I've been asked to do for my novel writing course. The two novels that I've started have been somewhat planned out, although I give myself some wiggle room.

I'm still have trouble with plot and subplots. I'd like to write quiet novels like The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall or Easy Avenue by Brian Doyle, or maybe Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I really love The Wringer, The Boy in the Girls' Bathroom and Holes. I think Jerry Spinelli and Louis Sachar are fantastic storytellers.

On Sunday, I read Carrie's Crowd by Lesley Choyce. It's a short novel, I guess folks would call it a chapter book. Fifty-eight pages. I thought that it might help me figure out plot. I should graph it out. It was a fun and quick read. I'd like to read some Choyce's adult fiction and poetry.

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