A.J. Update This post has nothing to do with writing, but sometimes I like to show you my personal side. I just had to share what happened to me this morning! So starting this week the road I take to work is closed off for construction, which means it takes me an extra hour to … More Take the Off Ramp and Enjoy the Dandelions
Wrinkling my nose, I crossed my arms and watched my nephew lick the dirt from his firetruck. “Just take him to the park, okay? Is that so difficult?” Leslie asked. “He seems to be getting enough of nature in your garden.” I matched her smoldering gaze. “Do you really need to go to that meeting?” … More Godless – Spiritual Flash
The screech across the chalkboard nearly put me over the edge. “Ms. Phenny?” I asked through clenched teeth. She flipped around, her wild orange hair singeing the board as she turned, and I wrinkled my nose at the pungent whiff of melted slate. Why’d they have to give us a phoenix as a substitute … More Asgard Middle School – A Fantasy Flash
Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, there is one mistake nearly every writer does, including experienced ones. It’s a concept of your writing goal, be it one paragraph, one chapter, or whole sections of the manuscript. When plotting (outlining) your book, you have a series of events carefully planned out. Therefore, it’s logical when … More Most Common Writing Mistake – Character Development
This Christmas was the first of many with my family’s new “system”, meaning now that I’m married, my husband and I will spend one Christmas with his family in Europe, and one with mine, in southern Alabama. (Quite the difference, you noticed??) This time was my turn, and the first Christmas I’ve spent with my … More Holiday Recap – Visiting the family, what could go wrong?
I’m happy to provide you this tidy list of winning tweets for #PitchMAS! If you’re not sure what #PitchMAS is, I’ll explain. There are a few Twitter Pitch contests each year, with #PitMad and #SFFPit being among the largest. Authors will write a short pitch of their novel, small enough to squeeze into a tiny tweet with … More #PitchMAS 2015 Results!
Welcome back to the Journey in Prose! Today’s focus may seem simple, but is paramount to improving your prose if you find yourself really getting stuck. This is a technique when you’ve edited until you can edit no more, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to polish your manuscript that last 10%. … More Journey in Prose: Get Some Distance
Did you miss Twitter’s #PitchCB? That’s okay, here’s a summary of today’s winning pitches and discussions! Theme: #DiscoveryDay #PitchCB : 9AM – 1PM (London Time). Winning Pitches: @AlissiaBee; Liked by Curtis Brown Agent: Emma Herdman Imagine discovering a furnished house in Dulwich. A secret setting for an affair in the 70s. It was abandoned. You need … More #PitchCB Results!
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So often when we approach the first draft of our novel, it’s with a sense of dread and foreboding. A novel is a massive thing to tackle and all kinks can’t be ironed out on the first try. That’s why we hand off our newborn to editors, beta readers, and critique partners. … More Quick and Dirty Editing