Monthly Archives: September 2016

Three Ways to Help Published Friends

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 […]
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There are NO wasted words

  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 […]
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When to Walk Away

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 […]
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CATCH UP!

I started a newsletter ages ago, but realized after ONE that it wasn’t my thing. Posting here occasionally? That’s my thing. So, this blog will act as my newsletter. This is your very official author-y catch up. If you want to check out my writing advice and craft blog, go to BEEN WRITING? And now […]
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Mad Drafting Skills: DON’T PANIC

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 […]
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Mad Drafting Skills Part V: Killin’ It

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 […]
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Mad Drafting Skillz Part IV: PLOTTY PANTS

  It might seem strange to some of you that I waited until I was done with PRE WRITING to talk about plotty things, but I know some authors who pause and plot halfway through their first draft. I often stick my whole first draft into some kind of plotty tool AFTER I write. So, […]
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