Tag Archives: author

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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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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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 I’ll talk about published ones today, and unpublished ones in another post.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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Spreading Writerly Wings

2016 was  a year of experimentation for me, writing and publishing wise. (yes, this post is a bit of a ME post…) I’ve branched into new areas of publishing by interning for a literary agency I have massive amounts of respect for. Yes, I’m doing this specifically to become a lit agent, but I’m taking […]
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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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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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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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