If you just finished NaNoWriMo Camp or perhaps just wrote The End on a manuscript, congratulations! You’ve made it through the first step, you’re over the first big hurdle. Now what? Well, that depends. If you are like some self-published authors you will whip together a cover and publish that bad boy, but I hope…… Continue reading You finished your manuscript…what now?
So, you’ve made it. You finally got that truly critical review of under 4 stars. You start to get a little angry, maybe you’re wondering if they even read it? Maybe they didn’t, but I’d bet they did, and here’s why I think it is a good thing. On Amazon, the three star rating is…… Continue reading Why a Three Star Review isn’t Bad
I am itching to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). While 50,000 words in one month probably sounds akin to torture for some. I usually put in at least 30,000 words a month, so 50 isn’t a stretch. I have a book plotted out, characters found and saved from a photo site and research…… Continue reading It’s That Time of Year Again
I recently posted on Facebook about a problem I’m facing with my Kindle. Let me start by saying I sparkly, heart love my Kindle…but one of them died a miserable death a few months ago and yesterday, my second was on life support. I was able to bring it back from the brink, but…… Continue reading E-readers galore
For those of you who have purchased To Honor and Cherish, you found out that my second novel, For Richer or Poorer, is coming soon. Even if you didn’t love Lizzy in the first novel, I think you will enjoy how she grows up in the novel devoted to her. She was a brat in…… Continue reading The Next Step
If you are looking for ways to self-edit prior to sending your work to a paid editor, you may find this series helpful. Look for the tag targeted editing in the sidebar. We’ve already begun editing and have a good handle on a few major issues in writing with the first part of this series.…… Continue reading Targeted Self-editing, Part 2
My writing process looks a little like this, I write a rapid first draft, warts and all. Get as much down of the situation and feeling as I can so I can recall it exactly when I need to re-write. I then let it sit about two weeks while I focus on other writing. I…… Continue reading Targeted Self-editing, Part 1
She’s in almost every romance novel you read, so does that make her an integral part of the story? She also must be relatable. If we ourselves don’t find beauty something we can relate to, are we creating tension between reader and heroine that doesn’t need to exist? First, if you write in first…… Continue reading The Beautiful Heroine
Voice means everything. Voice is what makes my writing different from all others that you read. Give me a topic and you may someday find someone who comes up with the same sentence as me, but it wouldn’t be easy. My life experience, reading, education, and aptitude form my voice. While it will most likely…… Continue reading Who Are You and What Do You Want From Me?
I don’t have a personal deadline right now and I have about four irons in the fire, all of them equally vying for my time. I have a novella to edit, but can’t do much with that until I get a few history books in or until I get a few emails answered. There is…… Continue reading Wasting Time