For writers who are interested in pursuing traditional publication, there are all kinds of tools and resources for drafting writers and revising writers and querying writers. There is hardly anything that then allows a writer on submission with publishing houses know what to expect. And if a writer publishes with one house -- even a … Continue reading Life After Querying: Publication Insights from Authors
Back in 2013, I got lucky enough to attend the first-ever Comic Con in Salt Lake City, and even get a front-row spot to see Stan Lee. The costumes and displays were amazing, but the highlight for me was my up-close seat to hear from Stan Lee, something I'll always remember. He came onto the … Continue reading Stan Lee: Lessons on Writing
The year I felt profoundly moved to pursue publication for my novels was—you guessed it—the same year that I got pregnant (after years of infertility, too, which makes it doubly ironic). I jumped into the querying game when my daughter was barely a year old, and sold my first book not long after her third … Continue reading How To Write As A Stay-At-Home Parent
Even if you have no interest in ever running a marathon (or even a 5K), if you’re “competing” in the 50K/30.0 “marathon” of NaNoWriMo, you’re still a marathoner in my book.
Recently, a gentleman new to my neighborhood posed a question that every writer must grapple with at some point. Over the last few months, our interactions have mostly been of the greet-in-passing variety, until recently, when he stopped me and asked an important question. “How do you find the motivation to write the next book?” … Continue reading Motivation Is Not the Problem
Settle down, my friends. Pull up a chair. Or a couch. Or a bed. Or sprawl on the floor, if that's your preference. But get comfortable, because today we're going to be talking about some hard truths. Many, many times in the last few months, I've heard variations of the same two themes coming out … Continue reading Let’s Stop The Writerly Blame Game
It creeps under doorways, rises through vents, incorporating everything and everyone in its path, zapping them of energy, physical and mental. It’s a destroyer of focus and productivity, causing its victims to write at a snail’s pace, stare at blank screens, and abandon projects. I call it the Sludge, and I’ve been trying to wade … Continue reading Trudging Through Sludge