On December 15, 2018, Sandman was released to the world. Sandman was my first attempt at a full novel. Before 2018, I had no idea what writing, editing, and publishing a book meant, not really. I also did not realize that writing "The End" or finding a publisher is not the end game. Oh my … Continue reading Sliding into 2019 as an author
In December, my first novel will hit the selves. That both excites and terrifies me. It also gives me pause. It has been a journey like the journey of most aspiring authors. I started full of ideas and passion. It got hard. I got stuck. I stopped. I got a renewed sense of determination. I … Continue reading Writing Tips That Have Served Me Well
Editing sucks. There. I said it. Except it doesn't have to, or at least I don't think it does. I am not saying that it doesn't stink when your editor or beta reader says something like, "Good premise, but I can't connect to the character" or "I like where you were going, but the scene fell … Continue reading Close your eyes to see
1) Does she make a memorable first impression? Think about someone you recently met. You began creating an impression of that person before he or she even mutter a word. Before dialogue begins, we need to know where your character is in space and how she is absorbing it. Show us her body language. You … Continue reading Are you making compelling characters? 5 questions that will help you decide
Yesterday a had a conversation that went, in part, like this: ME: Your idea is good, and your protagonist is quite original and fun. One thing I would recommend is to research commonly confused words. HER: It doesn't matter. The reader will know what I mean. ME: But it does matter. If you want to … Continue reading Your lack of respect for commonly confused words, confuses me
Are you ready to start the revision process but not sure where to begin? Here are some ways to analyze your work in progress (WIP). CHAPTER TITLE HEADINGS Make sure your WIP is easy to navigate by creating chapter title headings. If you are unfamiliar with this process, you can read more about it on … Continue reading 7 Tips For Revision
Editing is complicated.There are lots of different editing types. It is expensive. Charges are all over the place. And when you are trying to break into the writing business knowledge about process and money to support front end expenses is often scarce. BUT. And it is a big but. If you do not do your homework and invest on editing, you are likely not going to go as far as you otherwise might.