Category Archives: craft

STOP APOLOGIZING

I see people apologizing for their genre, what they write, where or how they’re published… Or, maybe apologizing isn’t the right word. The right word is dismissing their accomplishments. STOP THIS. If you weren’t comparing yourself to someone else, would you be using phrases like, “Oh, I just do (insert thing here)…” or “It’s not […]
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Edit Rounds, Typos, and the Finished Project…

This meme has been floating around, and got my re-thinking about something I think on often… HOW DO TYPOS SURVIVE? For those traditionally published, you KNOW that typos make it into the final version of your book – almost every single time. (I’ll admit to a tiny part of me being giddy when I find […]
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YAY! I made it! Oh, wait…

A frenzy of self-publishing followed Amazon’s program to allow authors to publish their own works. A bit slowly at first, and then an explosion in 2011 and 2012, which is still exploding. And no, Amazon wasn’t the only company, but they were, and still are, the largest. Some of the big names to come out […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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). […]
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Humilty & Ego

There’s a place for both humility and ego in any creative project. Ego has its place in drafting, in creating, in crafting… Humility is needed for editing and yes, crafting goes here too. The one time I get the perfect balance of humility and ego is when I’m working on a project with another author. […]
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On The Other Side of Fear

Yeah, I’m late to see THIS VIDEO. I don’t care. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the final thought was – “On the other side of your maximum fear, are the best things in life.” And I’ve been thinking about how this pertains to writing. And how so many of us writers, […]
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Wanna Know How/Where to Start Your Novel?

Wanna Know How/Where to Start Your Novel? Read a TON of first chapters. I’ll talk about published ones today, and unpublished ones in another post. On my week of not-writing, one of the things I did was go to Amazon and read a TON of first chapters. (I may write up something on how important […]
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