Category Archives: Blood Red Pencil

Romance Outside the Genre

BRP2013 GoldAre you a sucker for romance even if you don’t read romance novels? Check out my interview of bestselling novelist Andrew Sean Greer (The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells), today at The Blood-Red Pencil. It’s part of that blog’s February look at Men and Romance. Greer has me pondering questions like: Why do writers and readers sometimes talk as if being sentimental is a bad thing? And: How can we write or read stories if we aren’t to some extent in love with love in one form or other? Check out our conversation here.

New Year, Final Draft

BRP2013 GoldSometimes when I wrap up a writing project – heck, sometimes when I wrap up anything in life – I run smack into that most horrifying of human terrors:  completion. How do we know when we’re finished? This month’s theme at The Blood-Red Pencil is “What’s New?” but in my contrary fashion, I’ve decided to focus on what’s old…and what needs to be finished. Please check out my post here.

Stage a House, Revise a Novel – Cara’s Post at the Blood-Red Pencil

BRP2013 GoldMy husband and I are selling our house, while I’m also wrapping up my novel. Today at The Blood-Red Pencil, I compare staging our home to show to buyers with revising my manuscript to submit to agents. Both are bigger jobs than I expected. Please check out my post, Stage a House, Revise a Novel: here.

What I’ve Learned from a World-Class Novelist – Cara’s Guest Post at The Blood-Red Pencil

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I recently had a chance to hear world-class novelist Kazuo Ishiguro speak on the craft of writing at a Lighthouse Writers Workshop event. If you would like to be inspired, check out what I took away from his words in my post today at The Blood-Red Pencil.

 

Feedback with Compassionate Detachment – Cara’s Guest Post at The Blood-Red Pencil

BRP2013 GoldWhether or not you’re a writer, I hope you’ll find some useful insights in my guest post today over at The Blood-Red Pencil. Today I share a few favorite tips about giving fellow writers Feedback with Compassionate Detachment. We all give and receive feedback at one point or another, and some of the challenges that creates are universal.

The New Kid at The Blood Red Pencil

BRP2013 GoldPlease join me today over at The Blood Red Pencil, a blog for editors and writers by editors and writers. I’m the newest blogger on their talented and accomplished team, thanks to an invitation from founder Dani Greer, an impressive writer, editor, and blogger, as well as a maven I greatly admire in the online world. You’ll find me hanging out with them the second Tuesday of every month. Today’s post is When the Metaphor Becomes the Story. Thank you to everyone at The Blood Red Pencil for making me feel so warmly welcomed into your fold, and thank you to all my readers both here and there. Sharing my words with you means more to me than you can know.