Category Archives: In Brief

A Little Late for an Intro.

Yeah, it’s a little late for an intro,  but I’ve rarely been good at following rules. I grew up with the kind of dad who used a lighter to detect possible gas leaks in gas lines. A dad who said things like, “They let electricians do it! Of course you can wire your house!” Because […]
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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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DON’T PANIC: The Agent Edition

I know, I know… Telling someone to “Stop panicking” is like telling a person to stop aging, or to stop being hot while walking the strip in Vegas. In August. Here are a few things I see writers panic about when dealing with agents, and here’s why I think you should not panic in these […]
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Do NOT Apologize for Your Genre

OK. I’m going to keep this simple, because I like simple. 1. There are people who love reading in every genre. Don’t do them the disrespect of looking down on a genre – even your own. 2. Publishing is HARD. Having novels come out into the world is HARD. The part that should be fun […]
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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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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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Learn. Propel.

(This is a re-post from http://www.jolenebperry.com) I use LEARN and PROPEL a LOT – especially when I’m revising. After working through agent notes on one MS, and my first beta reader notes on another, I find myself going back to the basics. When a writer shifts something near the beginning of their MS, especially when […]
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Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma-Chameleon…

If you get the reference of the title, you’re either OLD or HAVE COOL PARENTS or a ROCKIN’ CHOIR TEACHER. ANYYYYYWAAAAAYYYY. On the original version of BEEN WRITING? I had the awesome and talented author and editor CASSIE MAE on to give some tips on common mistakes, and she KILLED it, so I wanted to […]
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