Not everyone will like your book, and that’s okay. It’s physically impossible to please everyone. So what if someone thinks your book is junk? There will always be someone who does love it, who does zone out at the dinner table thinking about your latest plot twist, and who does secretly pray for a sequel.… Read More OUCH – How to Turn Criticism & Insults into Motivation to Write
It’s been almost a year since I announced my 1940s novel, The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes, and I’ve worked on it a ton since then. Shortly after my surprise announcement post, I started my second draft, and now I’m in the middle of the third draft, with at least one more afterward. My goal is… Read More Very First, Super-Exclusive Excerpt from “The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes” – Updated 5/11/18
All in all, I finished nine novels in 2017, while (roughly) three went back on the shelf. In truth, I started (and didn’t finish) way more than three books this year, but I only listed the most interesting. (It’s totally not because I couldn’t remember the rest. Trust me.)… Read More Every Book I Read in 2017 (AND THE 3 BOOKS I DIDN’T FINISH)
You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this update. (Here’s a hint: years.) As an organization nut, the thought of systematizing my Pinterest profile even further was magical. But unattainable. Think a unicorn. But that’s not a very good analogy, because unicorns weren’t added in a recent update. “Sections” were! So, based on that, we can logically assume the new Pinterest sections are better than unicorns. It’s quite a statement, but I won’t deny it.… Read More The Best Uses for Pinterest “Sections” for Writers
Cue the confetti, y’all! Today is my victory day. Heck, this is my victory year.… Read More Second Draft Completed! … Now What? (“The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes” Status Update)
“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole journey that way.” – E.L. Doctorow
That quote describes my “plantsing” style perfectly: I have an idea as to what I’m doing, but I also like to be surprised by my own story. That latter part is just the reader in me.… Read More NaNoWriMo Prep – How I Plan My Novels & Why it Works
Questions just about every writer has asked him- or herself: Just how many words does it take to make a novel? Is there a certain word-count? And how do I know if my novel is too short/long? If you are that writer, here is a quick, simplistic post for you, based entirely on the research I’ve been doing lately. (Yes, I research word-counts. I swear I’m this cool in real life.)… Read More How Many Words Make a Novel?
you definitely need an ideal reader. There isn’t any going around it, so please don’t try. I’ve said this in many other posts before, but here it is again: don’t write a novel for a broad audience. Write with one person in mind (i.e. an ideal reader) to make it deeper and more personal… Read More Why You Need an Ideal Reader (& How to Find Yours)
Plan out your story, at least the bare basics like setting and main characters, writing down what you’ll need to research later on. Maybe keep a document on your phone, or a page in your journal. This, I believe, is the most effective way to avoid wasting your time on useless information.
But how can this be accomplished? Is there more to researching a novel than doing a quick Pinterest search and saving the good articles?… Read More The Most Efficient Ways to Research Historical Fiction
So here’s a post that speaks from my own experience as an unhealthy writer. Once I acknowledged that my habits were less than stellar, I took action, and now I’m writing more consistently and better than ever. So here is the secret to my success… Read More 5 Things Healthy Writers DON’T do – Taking Care of Yourself as a Writer