Formatting Like a Microsoft Word Ninja

"Format guidelines were not instituted to drive you crazy. That's just a perk." —Janet Reid, Literary Agent The other day I was reading a blog post by agent-blogger Janet Reid (of Query Shark fame), who had some interesting things to say about the importance of manuscript formatting: "I'm reading (as are all other agents and editors) … Continue reading Formatting Like a Microsoft Word Ninja

Showing vs. Telling: The Whole Story Approach

There are a lot of writing absolutes floating around the internet. “You must write every day to be a real writer.” (Yeah, no.) “True artists use pen and paper.” (Nope. Nope. Nope.) “Showing is better than telling.” (Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.) We crave these absolutes. We live in the gray area between Definitely-Yes and Definitely-No, … Continue reading Showing vs. Telling: The Whole Story Approach

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Trilogy

Writing a book is exhilarating, frustrating, satisfying, challenging, fulfilling, and let's face it. It's exhausting. Today I'm sharing some of the things that I learned while writing my YA trilogy. First and foremost: when you write a trilogy, multiply that exhilaration, frustration, satisfaction, challenge, fulfillment, and exhaustion by factors of three. If you're thinking of writing a trilogy, here … Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Trilogy