I'm on a writing hiatus. I have two writing projects that are in my head and want to be written. I haven't written a word on either of these projects in over a month and a half, despite my characters' pleas. I'm not here to make excuses or to explain why circumstances necessitated a break from an … Continue reading When On a Writing Hiatus
“It’s been an awful year,” I said to my brother Andrew. It was 11:30 on New Year’s Eve 2016, just outside of Seattle, and we were the only ones in the house still up. The music was low, the kitchen was a warm glow in the darkness, and the mood was much more suited to … Continue reading Is it a Comedy or a Tragedy?
Every author, published or not-yet-published, goes through spurts of wanting to quit. I recently had one of those moments. It took a day or two of me thinking about how I’m not sure if I can complete the task ahead, or complete the revisions needed, and get the right words on paper. I don’t have … Continue reading The World Needs YOUR Words
I started October with just half of a story in my head, and that made me nervous. This is the month to plan for November, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 2017 will be my sixth year writing (at least part of) a novel while thousands of people around the world are doing the same … Continue reading Brainstorming with a Partner
So, you’re writing. Your fingers are flying over your keyboard. The words are flowing. And you want to grow as a writer, really work on your craft, learn more about your strengths and weaknesses, and find a core group of supportive writers. Now what? You need a critique group! You want writing friends invested in … Continue reading 7 Tips for Finding a Critique Group
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. This is usually best. I’ve cut chapters. Words. Characters. Places. Beginnings. Endings. Awkward sentences. Beautiful sentences. Soggy middles. Un-soggy middles... I’ve re-organized and spent all day … Continue reading Wasted Words Aren’t a Thing
We are thrilled to welcome today's guest, Ryan Decker! In a world where there are literally thousands, if not millions of people competing to do exactly what you want to do, how will you stand out? How will you ever get noticed? You may assume there are too many obstacles to overcome or not enough … Continue reading How to be in the top 10% of your industry