Things We Forget

I remember a moment of time before I signed my first publication contract when I would hear published authors say - All of you newer writers, enjoy this time of no deadlines, where you are writing purely for the joy of writing. Where you can shut out the world, deadlines, editors, and critics and just … Continue reading Things We Forget

Advertisements

Hone Story-Telling Skills Without Writing

I'm going to start this post with a short personal note. Over the past week I put a house on the market that I designed and built. I had my first surgery outside of wisdom teeth removal and have been stuck in bed. And while bed-ridden, moved from the house I built into a basement … Continue reading Hone Story-Telling Skills Without Writing

what the BL*RB to write next

You wanna write books that'll sell? Sell them to yourself first.    The more years I spend writing, the more I see the benefits of having a workable pitch before I start writing, and the more I beg others to do the same. This helps keep the focus of the project as narrow as it … Continue reading what the BL*RB to write next

Identity Crisis

When I first began writing, I had no notions of writing YA. I was going to be the next Nora Roberts or Sophie Kinsella. I hadn't decided quite yet. And then I read Sarah Addison Allen, and I was terrified I'd never be able to write like that (I won't, and that's ok. We're different). … Continue reading Identity Crisis

Questions: THE BIG PICTURE

I don't care if you use these before you start to write, or if you're like me, and you puke out a first draft before you know what your book is about, but here are a few BIG PICTURE QUESTIONS to help your WIP. Or a project you're just beginning. Or something you've been thinking about … Continue reading Questions: THE BIG PICTURE

Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

Pretty much everything I talk about today is something you can include your family in, if you're a writer who is always juggling your family time with your work time with your writing time.   I'm a visual learner. If we meet, I'll ask you your name about 8 times before I learn it (or just … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH

You know that really annoying saying out there that says - WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW? And as creative people, we kind of HATE THAT? Because we write mythical creatures and experiences and things we'll never actually KNOW? This is why research is so important. I spend a lot of time thinking about a novel before … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH