In my writers.com classes, I often (read: almost always) ask the writer to come up with a chapter to chapter synopsis, to analyze the main action and main emotion of EACH and EVERY scene. What this helps me do: pinpoint the places where nothing is happening….and where the emotion is not evolving. NOTE: before I...Read More
As I start one new WIP, I am finishing another. It is a novel I began a very long time ago. It is hugely gratifying to finish (and humbling, too. Apparently, I am not so good at knowing when paragraphs begin and end!) Each new project offers new challenges, new discoveries, new obstacles. This one...Read More
One of the things I do when I am first envisioning a novel is mine for memories. This helps me form a new character and hone in on what I want to say in the book. It helps me figure out the emotional arc…and why the character won’t leave me alone! (that’s me playing Dolly...Read More
Today, the baby, the presidential scholar, is old enough to vote. This morning, he said, “It will be hard to concentrate when I have this very important responsibility to take care of.” VOTE!!!!!!Read More
So grateful that my friends and family on the East Coast are safe and doing well. The images are frightening! Special kudos to the men and women who work for Emergency Services!! NOW I can go back into the cave! Time to get some more DANGEROUS pages done! Read More
When I draft, I cook. A LOT! (not just to procrastinate! It actually helps me write!) These tomatoes are slow roasted with garlic, pepper, kosher salt, and good olive oil. They freeze well, too, if you are like me and miss tomatoes in the winter!Read More
I saw this setting in color. Now in black and white, it evokes very different emotions. (Thank you, Alisia Leavitt!) What would happen if you changed the light in your setting? (Going to try it right now.)Read More
Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of one picture book, The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up, and three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, Believe, and The Wish List.