I attended a webinar the other day about tips for writing characters. I thought I'd share the main tips they talked about. Show the adjectives Instead of saying "Josalyn is caring," show how she's caring. Does she take care of a child? Is she always there for others? Does she risk herself to save her … Continue reading 3 tips on writing characters
How does a book become a book? — part one
Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 — Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? — part one
To writers who believe they are slow learners or that they are behind
It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there. Just the fact that you get there is worth it.
How do we manage the stress?
Managing stress is essential for any job. It's hard to balance work (even if it's more like a hobby) with life in general. It can feel as if it's impossible to get everything done. While listening to Ear Biscuits the other day, I heard a great quote about that: "It's probably the case that feeling like … Continue reading How do we manage the stress?
Common query mistakes
At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. The rejected queries all had repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common ones: Misspellings One writer wrote aknolegments instead of acknowledgements. Spelling, especially in the writing career, is essential. … Continue reading Common query mistakes
The truth about artists’ fear
Many creative people are afraid to release their work. Which seems strange at the same time. We create this being—a book or an album or a painting or so—for the world to see. We design something new all together, knowing someone will see it one day. But that's the exact concept we're afraid of. This … Continue reading The truth about artists’ fear
Blogs without the love (2017)
With the way the world works, some of my best posts have drowned in the water before they could swim. Few people will look back on them anymore. But just because they're old, doesn't mean they're lost forever. As the year comes to an end, it's time to remember the whole journey. Here's a list … Continue reading Blogs without the love (2017)