Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Language has always fascinated me.  I might have become bi- or tri- or multilingual, except that my native tongue is English.  And anyone who speaks English as a second language will tell you, it's a bear to learn and get it right.  But I've tried.  I tried through college and graduate school, through writing songs and plays, marketing a symphony and a Shakespeare company, editing publications for organizations ranging from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to the National Park Service to Virginia Tech.  Now I work with words on a daily basis as a fiction writer.  But enough about me.  

My goal with this blog is to discuss the craft of writing, especially romantic fiction.  That's a pretty big topic, so feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestions on specifics you'd like to see discussed.  I'm planning an official kickoff of Saige Advice on June 1st.  Check back between now and then to get a sneak peek at upcoming guests and topics.  Some things I'm already working on:

  • Author interviews with specific attention to their craft and process
  • A multi-post primer on editing: removing extraneous words and polishing your prose
  • Conveying character, setting and mood 
  • Marketing your story vs writing your story
  • Guiding the reader's focus though "pointing"
  • The nuts and bolts of good dialogue

I hope you'll join me.  Thanks for stopping by!