Writing a Query is Harder Than Writing the Actual Book

And yes. I think this is true. When writing a book, (mostly) the words just come out. You have the immensely enjoyable task of moving the pieces around on the board, of telling them what their next move is, what their next decision will be. Telling the story is an amazing ride and, regardless of … Continue reading

In Which A WIP is Printed

Just printed. Not published, not picked up by an agent or anything like that. Printed in that, I went to Kinko’s and paid them to print it for me so that I can now have people read it, and tell me what they think. It’s sitting on my table right now, all 275 pages of … Continue reading

In Which I Am Almost Ready

I have almost finished outlining my new book, the idea for which came upon me suddenly and urgently. I was surprised that I was getting brand new ideas so quickly after finishing my NaNo novel, which I’ve been editing for the last few months. The minute I sent off the first draft for reading by … Continue reading

Dear Writer

Dear Writer, Admit it. You are like me – you love to create. You need it to survive, to continue feeling normal. But you love also the idea of one day seeing your name on a hardcover jacket typed out in a lovely custom font, and several glowing reviews of your novel waiting for the … Continue reading

Self-Editing, or Ripping Your Book To Pieces

I just finished reading a book called Self- Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, two accomplished editors in the business. I have to say, as far as books about writing go, this is definitely one of the more helpful and usable guides I’ve read. It breaks down professional writing piece by … Continue reading

Where There is a Hangover, There Are New Years Resolutions

And I do have them. Surely you can guess what a few of them are (eat better, exercise more, etc.), because we all have those same goals. But there is another goal that I have tacked onto my list of resolutions, thanks to my success in NaNoWriMo, and that is to finish the novel I … Continue reading