Get a Hobby: Weaving with Words

- by Elaine Isaak

The only time I paused in my marriage and the word “divorce” came to mind was  after I had sold my first book, but before it was published and I was talking about needing a hobby.  My husband looked at me and said “I thought writing was your hobby.”  I can only imagine the cold, […]

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My Love Affair (with How-to Books!)

- by Elaine Isaak

I have a terrible confession to make.  While I am a professional, published novelist, I am also an illicit reader of how-to manuals about writing.  I read beginning ones (anything. . . For Dummies), I read advanced ones (Between the Lines, by Jessica Page Morrell), I read those specialized for my genre (The Tough Guide to […]

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Sh–er–Stuff my Mother Says, about Writing

- by Elaine Isaak

It can be hard to find balance when your biggest fan(s) are also your biggest critics.  Take my mother. . . (yeah, you know what usually goes in there, don’t you?)  But seriously.  She loves me, she wants me to succeed, and she knows that being a novelist is a crazy, complicated kind of job. […]

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Things they Don’t Tell You in Writer School: Handling Emotion

- by Elaine Isaak

Here’s the thing.  Some scenes are just harder to write than others.  I don’t care if you’re a plotter or a pantser, if you know just where the scene should go, or if you’re following your characters along on a thrilling adventure–at some point or another, you’re going to hit a scene that’s slow. Not […]

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