Yeah, it's a little late for an intro, but I've rarely been good at following rules. I grew up with the kind of dad who used a lighter to detect possible gas leaks in gas lines. A dad who said things like, “They let electricians do it! Of course you can wire your house!” Because … Continue reading A Little Late for an Intro.
There's a place for both humility and ego in any creative project. Ego has its place in drafting, in creating, in crafting... Humility is needed for editing and yes, crafting goes here too. The one time I get the perfect balance of humility and ego is when I'm working on a project with another author. … Continue reading Humilty & Ego
I know, I know... Telling someone to "Stop panicking" is like telling a person to stop aging, or to stop being hot while walking the strip in Vegas. In August. Here are a few things I see writers panic about when dealing with agents, and here's why I think you should not panic in these … Continue reading DON’T PANIC: The Agent Edition
OK. I'm going to keep this simple, because I like simple. 1. There are people who love reading in every genre. Don't do them the disrespect of looking down on a genre - even your own. 2. Publishing is HARD. Having novels come out into the world is HARD. The part that should be fun … Continue reading Do NOT Apologize for Your Genre
I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I know I've done a post similar to this before, but needs change, the market changes... I change... OK. Seriously. The super simple list: Leave a review. Tell your reader friends what a big deal it is for an author to have reviews on book seller … Continue reading Three Ways to Help Published Friends
I've deleted a lot of words. I've left ENTIRE novels to rot on my hard drive. I've re-written some of those "left to rot" novels without opening the original document. I've cut chapters. Words. Characters. Places. I've re-done entire endings. Sometimes more than once. I've re-organized and spend all day deleting and adding and … Continue reading There are NO wasted words
I think almost every writer has experienced that bit of euphoria that comes when your fingers can't keep up with how fast the story is coming from your brain. IT JUST IS. This feeling reminds me a bit of that moment when acting on stage and you go from yourself to the character, and everything … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skills Part V: Killin’ It