One of my Twitter peeps, Gregory Austin, has is taken on the formative task of sharing the tribal knowledge of our great writing community with the world. As the founder of The Writing Lodge, he's gathering helpful tips, industry pointers, and inspiring articles. He could use likes, shares, and retweets while he finds his way… Continue reading When Size Matters: Word Count with The Writing Lodge
Thanks to the hard work of Kristen Kieffer, Well-Storied is a wonderful resource for writers! In fact, in April 2019 issue, Writer's Digest listed them as #19 on their "Top 100 Websites for Writers" list. I was thrilled to guest post my article "Seven Submission Tips From a Literary Agent’s Slush Pile" with them and… Continue reading Seven Submission Tips From a Literary Agent’s Slush Pile
This is a compilation based off of a conversation that @nadinebells sparked on Twitter. So many people chimed in with their suggestions! I wanted to save them for future reference, so I pulled them all together here. She’s pretty for her age. (usually said about women who are around 30)She released a breath she didn’t… Continue reading Tired Phrases: When You’ve Had Enough!
I have focused the last few Author’s Learning Workshops on editing. Mostly, they’ve looked at the practical points of editing, but they haven’t addressed the emotional part of editing. Critiquing your own work can be hard. Having other people tell you how to improve your work can be even harder. This may well be the… Continue reading How to eat a compliment sandwich…
For some people self-editing is simple. For others, it is like slogging through a baby pool of peanut butter while being chased by hungry pigeons. There are a lot of ways to overcoming the self-doubt and uncertainty associated with editing your own work. It is worth learning those tricks, because, when you begin critiquing your… Continue reading Authors Learning Workshop – #5 SELF-EDITING – How to Make It Work and Why It’s Important
Sometimes it feels like finding people to read your work is like locating the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Not only do you have to find someone willing to read your book, but then you need to harvest the insight and feedback they give you into productive edits. Here are some… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop – #4 Editors, Critique Partners, and Betas (and where to find them)
You've done a wonderful thing. Finishing a novel isn't something that everyone can do. Every day a hundred (a thousand!) people will say, "I'm going to write a novel," or they'll swear, "I could write that." Guess what...you DID. You are a WRITER. Now that we've established that - I'm going to tell you to… Continue reading Author’s Learning Workshop – #3 DRAFTING, or NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS THING?