Shannon Stacey

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Rocking productivity like a kindergartener

Now that the boys are back in school, I’m trying very hard to get back into a daily work routine that leads to finished books. Publishers are rather fond of finished books. And thanks to a comment Mardi Ballou made to me on Twitter a while back, I’ve gone back to the basics when it comes to productivity. Very basic. Like kindergarten basic.

When I meet my minimum word count for the day, I get a shiny star.

I’ve kept … Read More »

Protecting the work

It’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot in the writing corners of the romance community: Protect the work.

I’ve seen it applied to several situations, including protecting your work (voice) from over-stepping critique partners/groups. But when I think of “protect the work”, I think of the essay by Jennifer Crusie, originally written as a PAN column for the 9/98 issue of RWR. It’s an excellent blog post and, if you write, you should go read it if you … Read More »

Critique partners and beta readers

The fact that I don’t use critique partners or beta readers came up yesterday on Twitter and I said I’d blog about why I don’t. (Because, as you’ll see, 140 characters wasn’t going to cut it.)

I don’t use beta readers because…I don’t know. Just not a part of my process. Probably the biggest reason is that I don’t have time. By the time I finish a book, my editor’s got big guys in black suits on my doorstep with … Read More »

Why I’ve reluctantly forsaken Scrivener

One of the first things I did when I went Mac in January was download the free trial of Scrivener. This was followed shortly thereafter by the full purchase.

Scrivener is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Especially if, like me, you write out of order. I’m not going to give a big run-down on the program because it’s all at their website, but being able to drag and drop scenes or pieces of scenes into the right order was … Read More »

Synopses synapses misfiring

I’ve run into a brick wall. A big one. And it’s not one of those television moments where I hit the brick wall, bounce and climb over the wall. More of a total thud. Groaning. Not moving.

I’m trying to write a synopsis to accompany a proposal and I have no idea how the book ends. The black moment, the resolution—all of it’s a total mystery to me. I’m not even seeing enough of a glimpse so I can … Read More »

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