My number #1 trick to editing novels

Manuscripts are hard to edit. There's tons of notepads and factual lists to keep up with. The whole editing process can seem overwhelming. The best tip I've found is almost not even considered editing at all. Because instead of editing, I rewrite. I’ve mentioned rewriting on here before. I put my old manuscript on the top … Continue reading My number #1 trick to editing novels

Being creatively exhausted

Having a writing goal can destroy a writer. Every writer has his or her own ideals of where he or she wants to be in the writing world. Some love self-publishing. Some never write for a paycheck. Others hope their novels spread hope or make it to the best seller’s list. But having that writing … Continue reading Being creatively exhausted

Writing every day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to get better? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to improve. It didn't matter what was on … Continue reading Writing every day

Your rejection

The first time I realized something is wrong with me– No. Hold up. Is it wrong of me to say that? When you break me into pieces for something I created, can I– No. I’ll start over. Reset. Words on pages have always been my passion. No matter if I write it or not, it’s … Continue reading Your rejection

Powerful small words

My mind buzzed over and over in a spiral. Lately, nothing had gone right in the writing world. My blog was floating above the water. I hadn't been able to work on my novel or short stories in a while. My critics gave me the same reply: "good, but not good enough". Because writers could … Continue reading Powerful small words

Writing nothing

Do you ever feel like you want to write, but can’t? You stare at the screen for ten minutes before you decide: “Well this isn’t going anywhere.” You look up what other people wrote online, but your mind says something like: “I can’t copy what she wrote. But would people notice if we wrote about … Continue reading Writing nothing

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

Oh. You want the truth?

Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better, while knowing you’ll be sitting … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?

#1 writing mistake

Over the years, I've read hundreds of novels and short stories. One mistake sticks out the most: showing the story instead of telling it. Telling a story is when a writer states their story in a bland tone. An example would be: There was mist over the lake. Showing your story is when actions describe what's going … Continue reading #1 writing mistake

Joy of writing

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