Tag Archives: craft

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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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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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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Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

Pretty much everything I talk about today is something you can include your family in, if you’re a writer who is always juggling your family time with your work time with your writing time.   I’m a visual learner. If we meet, I’ll ask you your name about 8 times before I learn it (or just […]
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Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH

You know that really annoying saying out there that says – WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW? And as creative people, we kind of HATE THAT? Because we write mythical creatures and experiences and things we’ll never actually KNOW? This is why research is so important. I spend a lot of time thinking about a novel before […]
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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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Music and Writing Books

Think of all the new hits you’ve heard in your lifetime that you loved from the first time you heard them. You end up singing along to the chorus before your first listen is over. There’s something familiar about the chord progression, OR the beat, OR the lyrics OR a combination of the three. But […]
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