To writers who fear the first draft

Dear writers who are afraid of the first draft, It's all right. As cliché as it might sound, we've all been there with a blank page hovering in front of us. Uneven plot lines. Characters with blue eyes one page and brown eyes twenty pages later. Ideas swarm around in our heads, but none make … Continue reading To writers who fear the first draft

6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Editors are essential. It's also important to communicate some information with them when reaching out to get their services. Here are six things to keep in mind: Word count, not page count Knowing how many pages there are isn't as helpful as one might think. There is the general standard that every page is about … Continue reading 6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Inside and Out Book Tag

I saw this one over on Secret Library Book Blog and thought it'd be fun to do. Enjoy! Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info Or not enough? Most of them are enough. I like knowing a basic plot of what to expect before diving into a story unless it's from an author … Continue reading Inside and Out Book Tag

Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)

“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Helium (Spoiler Free)

“I know that our hands break things just as frequent as we can fix them. And we often forget that sexism is a family heirloom that we've been passing down for generations. As men, it is important that we start asking ourselves. What will the boys learn from us?” Title: HeliumAuthor: Rudy FranciscoGenre: PoetryPages: 96 … Continue reading Book review – Helium (Spoiler Free)

Common writer mistakes #2

#2 — Vagueness for tension A novel I edited recently kept saying him and his death for about twenty pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I was confused. I kept wondering who he was and why he mattered. I’ve run across this type of vagueness before. Some … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2

For your new literary agent

When searching for a literary agent, some people think about only their query letter. But usually agents ask for more. Synopsis These are not always the most fun, but they do point out your plot right off the back. Does it all flow together? Does it make sense? Is there a spot where it may … Continue reading For your new literary agent

What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

It’s been a while…

It's been a while since I've reminded you of something important: It's alright if you need a day off. It's okay if you feel the need to write ten pages or more. No matter what, if you are determined, you will do it. Whatever your goal with writing is, it will happen. You can do … Continue reading It’s been a while…