Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)

“People act as if they no longer know me / I feel as if I'm speaking from inside an error” Title: GatekeepeerAuthor: Patrick JohnsonGenre: PoetryPages: 96 pagesPublication date: December 10, 2019Publisher: Milkweed Editions At AWP this year, I stopped by the Milkweeds booth at the book fair, and Gatekeeper caught my eye. Some pages inside … Continue reading Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)

Dear literary agent

Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent

NaNoWriMo in February?

Have you ever thought about doing NaNoWriMo during another month? Or even choosing your own month for it? (NaNoWriMo, if you don't know, stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's when writers get together to write a novel — or 50,000 words — in November.) NaNoWriMo is at the start of a busy season itself. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo in February?

Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)

“I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore.” Title: We Are OkayAuthor: Nina LaCourGenre: FictionPages: 236 pagesPublication date: … Continue reading Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)

The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

When you think of your favorite books, where are they from? Penguin? Hachette? HarperCollins? Or are you one of the few who loves indie books? I read from a bit of all four. But something I've noticed is that when I get excited about an indie book, no one knows what I'm talking about. They … Continue reading The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

2020 writing goals

Happy New Year (a day early), everyone! Since it's a new year, it's time to make some writing goals. I wasn't able to complete my goals from last year. But I did take a lot of steps to complete them, and I have a pile of rejection letters to prove it. So, 2020 is a … Continue reading 2020 writing goals

How many books do you have to write to write a good one?

I've had that question for a while now. How many books do you have to write to write a good one? I knew some authors wrote one book, had a few drafts, and published a brilliant piece of work. Some wrote a few novels before one of theirs got published. Some writers told me that … Continue reading How many books do you have to write to write a good one?

Common writer mistakes #3

#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3

NaNoWriMo update #3

Welcome back! The third full week of NaNoWriMo has passed! I almost don't believe that it's the end of November. I keep thinking that Thanksgiving is coming up but believing that it's still like two to three weeks away. NaNoWriMo has been easier again since my work flow (from that paying job) started going down. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update #3

Some NaNoWriMo advice

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice