Friday, February 27, 2009

Salt Mining

Over at the Compuserve Books and Writers forum the other day, Diana Gabaldon mentioned that she was "Back to the salt mines..."

As usual, she has the exact way of it. Writing fiction is an awful lot like mining. Salt, in particular.

First, there's the descent into the deep dark, tools at the ready. Everything from hand tools to heavy machinery is involved in getting the raw material loosed from the earth around it.

And what do you get? Those fine crystals that add spice and flavour to narrative. The gifts of an unseen primordial sea of the imagination.

It's hard work. Every day you must turn your back on daylight.There's the heft of tools, the muscle-popping business of digging. Creating your own space to work, chipping away until there is enough space to swing your pick. It's a daily grind to free the salt from the earth. Then there's the tough job of getting it up to the surface. To say nothing of the packaging.

Worth it, too.

Diana Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone (7th in the Outlander series) is slated for release September 22, 2009.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Crit. It's the quickest way to better writing and self-editing. Find a critique partner or group. Crit actively and often. It's a beautiful thing.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Baba Speaks

Reisa Stone, creator of Baba, has put up a sound bite of the Ukrainian culinary tour de force. She sounds just like I imagined her. You can listen on Reisa's blog, here.

I heart Baba!

Story Trumps All

Sure, setting is important. Character can be a driving force. Atmosphere is the blanket you use to wrap up the reader. But without story, they are all dead on the page.

A good story brings all its parts to life. A good story can be told. A good story is remembered.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Site for Freelancers

If you're a freelance writer (and even if you're not), head on over to The Freelance Survivor. Writing tips, tech tips and profiles. Ms. LeBlanc, you're now on my list of faves.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tweeting about Library Books

Today I'd like to direct your attention to the top right corner of the Ink Gleanings home.

Yep. I've started tweeting.

My Twitter life will be all about the library books I'm reading. Old books, new books, fic, non-fic, the good, the bad and the ugly. Check in often, or follow me!