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
Most of us have heard this advice and thought, "But what I know is boring," or "What I know has already been written." Here's the thing. "Write what you know" is not about me writing a story about a woman who got pregnant at 17, married at 18, had some more kids, and divorced before … Continue reading Write What You Know
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
Pushing through the feeling of inadequacy gives you a great opportunity to build a new character for the manuscript (or an idea for a new one). That feeling of fear, of never being able to get it right? Do not give it to it. Instead, name it.
On my way to completing my first manuscript I had to figure out how to get all of the important backstory pieces into play. I knew the importance of immediacy as a main ingredient to fiction writing. I knew going back in time should be used sparingly because it halts the forward motion of the … Continue reading Going back in time: 10 Key Steps to writing a flashback scene