Andromeda Romano-Lax

Andromeda: The U-Bend of Happiness for Writers

This blogpost is an updated version of a post that originally ran in 2010. With time to kill at various airport newstands this week, my eye was drawn to the current Economist lead story about what they’ve tagged “the U-bend of happiness” — the fact, noticed by economists only since the 1990s, that happiness drops around middle age and …

Andromeda: The U-Bend of Happiness for Writers Read More »

Andromeda/Alaska Writer on the Road: 4.9 Lessons from Isabel Allende

I’ve been living a life in Spanish for the last year, and that includes most of my reading. The last book I finished was Isabel Allende’s fascinating, well-structured, and ultimately heart-rending Paula, which wove the tragic story of her comatose adult daughter’s slow deterioration with Allende’s own life story in politically volatile Chile, as well …

Andromeda/Alaska Writer on the Road: 4.9 Lessons from Isabel Allende Read More »

Those Who Can, Teach

I’ll admit that I never really nailed all of the grammar rules until I became a high school English teacher.  I firmly believe that the best way to learn something deeply is to teach it to someone else. Good teachers spend time considering their subject from all angles, pulling it apart, and putting it back …

Those Who Can, Teach Read More »

Andromeda: Reading between the lines of readers’ feedback: scene, summary, time, voice, and more

 Note: Andromeda will be teaching two online classes coming up soon:  SCENE, SUMMARY, AND TIME with Andromeda Romano-Lax October 12 to November 1 9+ hours over 3 Weeks Online. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instruction FIRST PERSON COMPLICATED–THE DUAL-VOICED NARRATOR with Andromeda Romano-Lax November 2 to November 22 9+ hours over 3 Weeks Online. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous …

Andromeda: Reading between the lines of readers’ feedback: scene, summary, time, voice, and more Read More »

Andromeda: Making A Scene

“Knowing what scenes are required in a novel is at the heart of the fictional art. The author has to write the obligatory scenes so that nothing of importance happens offstage. She must write the pivotal scenes and make quick expository moves from scene to scene. We can’t have three paragraphs to get the character …

Andromeda: Making A Scene Read More »

Scroll to Top