My number #1 trick to editing novels

Novels are hard manuscripts to edit. Usually, writers have tons of notepads and factual lists to keep up with. The whole editing process can seem overwhelming. I’ve discovered multiple novel editing tips from my experience. The best one though is almost not even considered editing at all. Because instead of editing, I rewrite. I’ve mentioned rewriting … 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 are fine just self publishing. Some never write for a paycheck. Others hope their novels spread hope or make it to the best seller’s list. But … Continue reading Being creatively exhausted

Writing Every Day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought that I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to improve other than just writing more? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to get better … Continue reading Writing Every Day

Your rejection

The first time I realized something is wrong with me– No. Hold up. Is that 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 spinning spiral. Lately, nothing had gone right in the writing world. My blog was mildly floating above the water. I hadn't been able to work on my novel or short stories in a while. My work I put out for critics got the same reply: "good, but … 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.” Perhaps you look up what other people wrote about online, but your mind says something along the lines of: “I can’t copy what she wrote because that’s wrong. … 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 shyly 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 than where it started, … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?

#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