Writers Listen to their Characters

In my Tuesday writing class, we discussed how characters push writers to write their stories. Although I’ve been revising Hada’s Fog for the last six years and the fifteen-year-old in that novel nudges me to write her story, called Lilli, another voice has popped up. Her name is Jill. She’s a CPA who wants to save a time-traveling man who’s in big trouble.

Since I write women’s fiction, Lilli surprised me because her story is YA. Jill surprises me because her genre would be a paranormal mystery. What to do with them while Hada is impatient that it’s taken so long to get her story into print? I need fifty hour days. Maybe I should be thankful I’ve never had writer’s block.

 

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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