Monthly Archives: April 2011

Now what?

Kind of like there isn’t a duplicate of a snowflake, what happens after a writer gets a story is just as unique. We might have similar styles or structures we follow, but we all throw in our own twist, which … Continue reading

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The Hound’s Guest Fox: Leigh Verrill-Rhys

                            By Jeff Salter                    [The Hound on Thursdays]             I’m pleased and honored to have as my monthly guest the very talented author of several non-fiction works:  Leigh Verrill-Rhys.  She has recently sold her first novel, discussed below, which … Continue reading

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It’s Like Magic

Or not. Last week we talked about the birth of a story. The moment when I get the most awesome idea! Yay! That’s actually one of my favorite parts of writing: brainstorming. It’s the writing that kills me sometimes. Coming up … Continue reading

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Ok, So I Have An Idea-What’s Next?

Our theme here on the old Foxes and Hound blog this week is to discuss what we do when we get a story idea.  I’m very much a pantser. I usually get the hero in my head first, starting with his name.  … Continue reading

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Once I Have A Story Idea: Then What?

Ah- transitioning an idea into a an actual book. Funny topic! It’s funny, because people who plan to write a book “someday” often think that once you have an idea it automatically blossoms into full-length novel. Ha! I use a … Continue reading

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Blue Ballerina…

When people find out I’ve written a few novels, they inevitably ask me, “Where do you get your ideas from?” I got the idea for the novel, Heaven’s Fire, which landed me my agent, while sitting in a Barnes and … Continue reading

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Images from Spring

     Things I Borrow from Nature                      By Jeff Salter              Two of the suggested topics for this week are (1) where ideas ‘spout’ from and (2) what to do on a rainy day.  What both have in common is … Continue reading

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The Birth of A Story

Um, so…I don’t have children. I have absolutely no experience with labor except for the time I was born and I don’t exactly recall anything about it. My mother assures me it was horrible. Thirty-six hours in labor, blah, blah, blah. I’ve … Continue reading

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Earth Day and Writing Ideas

Earth Day is coming this week and I have to confess that one of my sons is very eco conscious and has made it his goal in life to make everyone around him fall in line in the challenge to … Continue reading

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Passover, Matzah, and Being on the Outside Looking In

From ages 9 to 16, I lived in a neighborhood that was primarily Jewish, so Passover has special meaning to me- but it’s not what you would expect. Passover made me feel left out. I watched my friends’ families stock … Continue reading

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