A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

It's been a while since I wrote one of these because I've been at a dead stop. I have multiple projects going at once, so it's hard to make a lot of progress in such a short time. I've been editing a query, which has gotten better. I've been going through my novel once more, … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found that being a valuable editor has helped me with my writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for a troubled story. They know the difference between when to use a comma and when to leave the words … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It's difficult to stop. It's more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

A writer’s journey (part four) – editing like crazy

Writing never stops and neither does editing. I’ve found that I almost enjoy editing a piece more than writing one. At the end of the day, I like to say: “Look how much this piece has grown! It has more character developments and details. It also flows more since I took out the first three … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part four) – editing like crazy

A writer’s journey (part three) – time management

Time had never been my friend. We hit it off a few times and got everything done, but that was rare. Most of the time, we fought and we fought hard. Every time Time knew I had something to do, it made sure the hours ticked by faster than normal. In high school, Time made … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part three) – time management

A writer’s journey (part two) – writer’s platform

About four years ago, Lily sat beside me in the band room. She had her tablet in her hand. “So, I've been looking up how to be a successful writer,” she said in a soft voice. Of course, I knew, as everyone else did in our school, that she wasn't a writer. I was. “I … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part two) – writer’s platform

A writer’s journey (part one) – research

I can't remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore. But something changed in me between high school and college. In high school, I wrote because I had so many stories inside of me. I cared less about who read them. I kept my manuscripts - all three of them - behind closed doors. … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research