Rough Drafts can be a tricky thing. The process that one author takes will look completely opposite from that of another. Each of us have our own style, techniques, and rhythm we abide by - even if we aren't aware we stick to a routine. For a while I felt the pressure to write my manuscripts… Continue reading 5 Courses of the Rough Draft – Are you hungry yet?
One of my goals for the New Year has been to read more books on the art of writing. I've read a few books here and there, but have always been afraid of becoming one of 'those writers' who only ever read about writing, without ever actually doing any writing. Eep. I've heard about 'those… Continue reading The humility of reading books and exercises of gray matter
Here's a little secret about me: When I was young, I wanted to be an actress! No lie. I got bitten with 'the bug' around age 11 and even went to a theater arts performing high school to prepare. And then I became a senior and was about to graduate and had to decide if… Continue reading Do you have thick skin?
So, I just looked and saw the date of my last post on my blog. *blush, blush* Has it really been that long? Is it any consolation that I've been using my time writing and editing? Oh yeah, and throwing birthday parties, playing in the snow and getting back into the groove of school. (Isn't… Continue reading Parties and snowflakes and books that are finished! These are a few of my favorite things!
So, I recently glanced through one of my manuscripts that I hadn't seen in a while. Partway through, I noticed that I had a child character speaking differently from the others. I honestly couldn't even remember why I had her speaking like that in the first place. A quick review from earlier in the script… Continue reading Story Rx: It’s all in the details…
So, I'm about to lend out 'Fallen Ashes' to some beta readers, to (hopefully) enter the final steps of revision. As I went back through my manuscript today, I realized I had cut almost 10,000 words with this last revision. The crazy thing is, I didn't take out any major scenes! In fact, I added… Continue reading Less is More
I had a discussion with a friend today, a familiar topic which seems to come up a lot, when talking to people about the progress of my writing. Which is better, to self publish or take the traditional publishing route? That is such a loaded question, people. Until this point in my life, I've only… Continue reading Do you self publish?
This morning I had the privilege of hearing author Shawn Smucker speak at a local Writer's meeting. It wasn't a "how to" workshop, or the Top Ten Tips on getting published. It was just a guy sharing his journey of writing, publishing, then writing some more. And ya know what? It's exactly what I needed to… Continue reading Be brave… you’re gonna fail.
Almost there! Tomorrow will be one full week into 2014 NaNoWriMo. How is it going? Have you begun writing yet? What are you writing about? Are you going in circles trying to even get started? Yeah, I've been there, too - no shame, my friends! I'm happy to say that for this NaNoWriMo, I'm well… Continue reading NaNoWriMo – Day 6
Well, it's officially November - Time for NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month! I've been back and forth on whether to actually dive in with writing a brand new novel or not, when I have others I want to edit and pursue getting published. But I finally decided it doesn't need to be an either / or… Continue reading Tis the season… to write!