Category Archives: Drafting

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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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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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 I’ll talk about published ones today, and unpublished ones in another post.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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A Few Fav Blurb/Query Helps

This is a post I’ve meant to do for AGES. I’m sure I’ll come back and edit this post as I find new ways to write blurbs, but these are my favs… for now. Helping someone else with their blurb or query is simple. Working one up for myself? Not as simple. There was a blissful […]
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the HONEYMOON phase

If you’re a writer, you probably know how this applies to writing – That delightful time when you’ve found a shiny new idea and the character is solid in your mind and the words are flowing, and it’s MAGIC. And you really don’t want to do anything else or work on anything else because, hello, […]
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Crash and BURN

There’s a lot to learn from crashing and burning. A lot. 2016 was the year of stretching my writerly wings. That means I fell down. A lot. And with the snail pace of publishing, I won’t know if I have a “success” for a while, but being able to put something NEW on submission? That […]
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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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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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