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
The thing I hear most often at writing conferences is the following : I’ve edited and edited. Worked and worked. And I still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in my Manuscript. So, I paired up with MAKEREADY DESIGNS/QUIRKS & COMMAS to offer the following: A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k) – at … Continue reading Manuscript Isn’t Selling?
So, my last post talked about how EGO is not for EDITING, and we got into a discussion about giving and receiving feedback, which turned into - HOW CAN I BE A BETTER CRIT PARTNER? Be Aware of Bias Critique Like a Sandwich - ALWAYS smoosh the not so great things, with the great things … Continue reading Critique Like a Sandwich
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
In the years since I started writing seriously, a couple things come up over and over and over: The writer who is desperate to be published, but has been working on the same project for somewhere between 3-10 years... I want to tell most of these people that their first project will probably never see the … Continue reading When to Walk Away
So, last time, we talked about FLYING through word count. But that doesn't always happen, right? Sometime we hit a wall that needs to be broken through or climbed over. DON'T PANIC. I don't know a single author who hasn't been stumped at some point in time, on one or several projects... Here are … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skills: DON’T PANIC
If you get the reference of the title, you're either OLD or HAVE COOL PARENTS or a ROCKIN' CHOIR TEACHER. ANYYYYYWAAAAAYYYY. On the original version of BEEN WRITING? I had the awesome and talented author and editor CASSIE MAE on to give some tips on common mistakes, and she KILLED it, so I wanted to … Continue reading Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma-Chameleon…