I've been in a few conversations lately that remind me how much writers treat their works like their children. I have a good friend who I'm sure will hit the publishing world in a big way at some point. There's a fantasy he's been working on for a long time. It's the first writing project … Continue reading Let. Go.
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
I've read a few posts on this already, but I'm going to throw my few cents into the conversation. Okay. No cents. Just words. I'm lame. We have this idea that if we write a book that crosses genres rather dramatically, we will widen our audience to epic proportions. So, if we write a book … Continue reading In Brief: Mooshing 2 Genres/Writers Into One Book
I get twitchy and maybe a little stabby every time I see a DNF (did not finish) review for a contemporary YA, or any novel, where the MC was a terrible person in the beginning, and the person didn't keep reading for this reason. Um... If the character was perfect, conflict would be a little … Continue reading Rant: on DNF Reviews
The older I get the less I believe in correct and incorrect decisions. I’m not saying I don’t look back at my “regular life” and my “writing life” and go – WHAT THE VERY HELL WAS I THINKING??? But I will say that most often, I remember WHY I made a given decision at a … Continue reading In Brief: Maintaining Perspective in Publishing