• Neverwhere, A Lesson From Neil Gaiman in How to Write Emotion, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/05/19/a-lesson-from-neil-gaiman-in-how-to-write-emotion/ #books #urbanfantasy #neilgaiman #novels #Neverwhere
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    A Lesson From Neil Gaiman in How to Write Emotion

    Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere is a funny macabre urban fantasy that focuses on a regular everyman named Richard. One night, he accidentally gets sucked into a magical world beneath London. And when I say beneath London, I mean in the sewers. It’s a mucky dank world where most people are out…

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    7 Things I Learned From Doing NaNoWriMo

      A couple of years ago, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). With focused vigor, I dove into writing a 50,000-word story. It was an intense, frustrating, and ultimately, rewarding journey. I got to live in my story for 30 days. Set in Paris, about a…

  • Paris Street, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com, #Paris #writing #books
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    Why I Set my Stories in Paris

    Though I was born in Chicago and have spent most of my adulthood in Seattle, I’ve always felt more European than American. There’s nothing really wrong with America, it is the land of hopes and dreams and opportunity. America’s resourcefulness and belief in a better tomorrow is ingrained in me.…

  • Maddie the Cat, Who Is The Second Most Valuable Beta Reader? https://karenhugg.com/2015/12/19/writer-friends #writing #betareader #writing #feedback
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    Who Is the Second Most Valuable Beta Reader?

    In early November, I sent my novel to three trusted friends for feedback. One is a freelance editor and writer. Another is a memoirist. And the third is a fantasy writer. They were all happy to take on the favor of reading my manuscript and agreed to an early December deadline to…

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    Writer in Motion, or Not

    Every day that I haven’t been working in a client’s garden, I’ve been revising my novel. I stay inside and sit, feeling my body spreading out in a weird, sedentary ooze. I have a Fitbit now and I feel the lack of motion, the lack of steps. What I lack in…

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    My Meltdown While Revising

    I’m in the thick of revision now. I’m living inside the world I’ve created in my manuscript. I sit for hours on my comfy, corner chair with the blanket on my lap and Madeleine or “Maddie,” my cat, on my legs while I edit, hitting the delete button and inserting…