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He Said, She Said

I’m editing CAUGHT UP IN US and one of the things I’m paying close attention to is the use of dialogue tags. A lot of books overuse dialogue tags or rely too much on cutesy ones like “he intones” or “she counters” or “he muses.” Here’s what I’ve learned from editing my own work and being edited in various capacities over the years. He sai ...[Read More]

Title Change

This week I changed the title to my novel. I know, I know. Huge news. Plus, wait til you see how radical the change is. Ready??? I changed title from Caught Up In You to…CAUGHT UP IN US. Yes, yes. It’s a massive change, so I hope everyone will be okay with it. Why the change, you may be asking? Well, there was already a novel on Amazon title Caught Up In You. So, voila switcheroo! ...[Read More]

Writing Into a Corner

Earlier today I talked to a friend of mine who has founded several businesses. I wanted to run some of the scenarios in my novel past him to make sure they were plausible from a business perspective. Of course, the story isn’t about business. But it IS about the relationship between two people who do business together, so I want to make sure the business details hold water. He gave me a sugg ...[Read More]

Homestretch!

I can see the finish line of this revision of CAUGHT UP IN YOU! Okay, fine. It’s still 18,000 to 20,000 words away. But still! I’m at the point where I know the precise next six to seven scenes/chapters that it’ll take to get to the blessed end. No time to rest – off to write! xoxo Lauren

Fluffing a Fake Christmas Tree

So I’m setting up my fake Christmas tree last week. When you have a fake tree, you have to “fluff” the branches. That basically means you “unflatten” them since the branches have been in a box for the last year. By fluffing, you spread the fake pine needles out to make the tree look big and full. Still, the whole time I’m “fluffing” the tree, I can&# ...[Read More]