Author Archives: Dawn Lajeunesse

About Dawn Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. In Her Mother's Shoes was published in June 2013 - available through Amazon, B&N and iPad, e-book (only $2.99!) as well as paperback. Autumn Colors was my first. Right now I'm working on a third novel, currently titled Gram And Me. My writings are mostly women's fiction. My website is www.dawnlajeunesse.com. Come visit me there also!

INSIDE THE MIND OF A SWEET SIXTEENER

I am moving. I’m also attempting to create a believable sixteen year old girl for a new story line. How are the two related? I’m fifty years removed from being sixteen. And I had no children. How can I recall … Continue reading

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Keep Writing to Get Better?

If you just keep writing, will you get better? This is the topic of a recent post by Jane Friedman (https://janefriedman.com/practice/), drawing from the informative book, Peak, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool. The reality is that you need the … Continue reading

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The Long Road to a Finished Novel

I’ve posted a few times about the completion of the first draft of my third novel, currently titled Gram & Me. I had high hopes of editing and polishing and maybe even securing an agent by this summer. Many revisions later, … Continue reading

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Showing Emotion in Your Characters

I have been complimented frequently on the emotional intensity of the characters and story lines in my novels. But after reading a blog post by C.S. Lakin, complete with examples of good and better ways to draw the reader into … Continue reading

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23 Tips from Famous Writers for New and Emerging Authors

FROM THE “A NOT SO JADED LIFE” BLOG: “I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need … Continue reading

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INSPIRATION STREET: A STORY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!

Occasionally, I’m inspired enough by a book to feel compelled to share it. I don’t often read non-fiction, but when I do and am drawn in as I was with this one, I wonder why I don’t stray from fiction … Continue reading

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Literary Potholes in the Road

It has been nearly two months since my search for an agent or publisher began for Gram & Me. I have received 22 rejections, most of which were in response to a query letter only, or a query letter plus … Continue reading

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