Caitlin Maskowitz is a writer and pediatric speech language pathologist living in Red Bank, NJ with her husband, newborn son and dog Charlie. She loves learning from her patients, traveling new places, cooking, reading and listening to public radio. She is currently writing a contemporary novel about trauma, grief and family while brainstorming a buddy comedy.
Getting feedback from fresh readers (that is, readers who are new to my novel) has been instrumental in my revision process. Initially, I worried I wasn’t good enough to share my work with other writers. I stressed that my prose was weak and my plot too predictable....
When my writing group began drafting our novels-in-progress, we explored using the Save the Cat! beats as a writing guide. I experimented with the beats but felt hemmed in by the idea of fitting my story into an outline. Instead, I focussed on the characters. Two in...