Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

Stories in ourselves

Sometimes, as a writer, I feel like my life is more like a book.  I can picture the chapters ending with the cliffhanger of what Mom and I were going to do after the divorce. Or what I was gonna do when I was first offered drugs in high school. But sometimes my life is … Continue reading Stories in ourselves

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

#1 writing mistake

Over the years, I've read through hundreds of different novels and short stories from published and non-published writers. One mistake sticks out in both crowds: needing to show the story instead of telling it. Telling a story is when a writer blandly states something in their story. An example of this would be: There was mist … Continue reading #1 writing mistake

Joy of Writing

A deadline always stares at you. Or perhaps the goal you set for yourself is already years behind you. Another rejection letter sinks in your trashcan. Or maybe another critic just couldn't make it through your piece without ripping it to shreds. Either way, sometimes it's difficult to remember the joys of writing. Creating something … Continue reading Joy of Writing

Am I good enough?

There’s one sentence that always haunts a writer’s mind. Am I good enough? The story, which is a part of us, is almost like our own child and it’s scary that our own stories cause us to wonder: Am I good enough? Even if it’s the story that needs to be fixed, the blame is … Continue reading Am I good enough?

Writing and time

Writing is something I love, but not something I can always do. I’ve been working forty hours a week for a while. I’m a full time student with an internship and a job. I might even do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again. In all honesty, I love being busy. I never like wasting a … Continue reading Writing and time