My husband and I just got back from several days in NYC, where we attended the 2018 Writer's Digest Conference for the first time ever. Because my experience, especially with Pitch Slam, was very positive and fruitful (all four agents I sat down with requested pages), I figured I'd make a blog post about it. … Continue reading My Experience at #WDC18’s Pitch Slam!
Hi all! Truth: I would love to be writing a self-pitying entry right now about a lot of writing related things. I am so super thrilled for the now many, many writers I've gotten to known on Twitter who have recently gotten an agent/book deal/mentor/you name it, but at the same time, I'd be lying … Continue reading My Editing Process
I've started reading through some magazines I've had sitting around for months and came across an interesting quote in the Editor's Note of the July/August 2017 issue of Poets & Writers. In it, Kevin Larimer talks about the notion, popular amongst aspiring authors, of publishing as an "impenetrable fortress." Even though I haven't started to … Continue reading Different Way of Thinking
A couple of weeks ago, I considered myself "done" with Book One. Almost. Faced with conflicting beta reader/CP opinions about the opening of my story, I was in no state to deal with potentially humongous changes. Instead, I finished all the small edits, marked a handful of things "to come back to," including the beginning. … Continue reading Book One – Next Steps!
Triggers and trigger warnings are a huge topic, about which I have mixed feelings. But I'm not here to address the overall topic today; instead, I wanted to talk about one side of the matter that I don't often see mentioned. What if you, the writer, are the one who's triggered by what you're writing? … Continue reading Writers Dealing with Triggering Scenes?
First, a disclaimer: This post is NOT intended to slam anyone. Every beta reader or critique partner who has read portions of my story has taken the time out of their busy lives to help with this endeavor for no personal gain, and that in itself is worthy of appreciation. Also, every single person has … Continue reading Critique Partner Musings
Hi guys, Sorry for the long break between real entries, but my husband and I have both been sick with some violent, horrific post-nasal drip/cough/overall lousy feeling thing since BEFORE our trip to New York City, and we've just started recuperating over the past day or so. If this is what the common cold is … Continue reading Genre Woes
Hi everyone! This post is actually an edited version of one from a previous "author blog" I started last year, when I first got serious about writing and publishing my series. Enjoy! [note: the auditorium that serves as the main background picture/banner/whatever on my blog is the very same theatre whose backstage is depicted throughout] … Continue reading Write What You Know? Yes and No
Okay, so I'd been making good progress on my MS for months, chugging along, writing multiple pages nearly every day. And then, lately, words stopped flowing quite as easily. I'd go to outline upcoming scenes and just end up sitting there staring at the screen. The problem was not the overall story; I've been creating … Continue reading Stuck? Talk to Your Characters