Momentum

So, this post will be short today, as I have just rolled back home from Awesome Con in Washington, DC which was, well, awesome:) Plus it is Father’s Day, so I need to make a blueberry cobbler for the fathers in my life. I’ll blog about Awesome Con over on my website, Lillian Archer, for …

This One Time, at Word Camp…

This past week, most of us here on The Million Words were away at the 2017 Roaring Writers retreat, the annual gathering we’ve held for the past four years and where we came up with the initial idea for this blog. As usual, it was an amazing experience. As we do every year, we critiqued …

Finally!

I’ve been looking forward to this day for an entire year. It’s Sunday and I’m wrapping up another fabulous weekend of writers panels, catching up with friends I haven’t seen in too long, book shopping, parties, and people-watching with my husband, one of our favorite pastimes. I adore ConCarolinas, and I just got to see …

Success, Jealousy, and Good Days

Wanna hear a little known fact? Don’t let it get around, but occasionally writers do come out of writing-hibernation and venture into public. Even more amazing, they have interests outside Scrivner and word counts. My most recent foray into society came when the eldest rugrat and I ventured out to a dog show. Now, let’s …

Dos and Don’ts of Critiquing

Almost a year ago, the preliminary idea for TheMillionWords.net was born at the annual writing retreat that brought us all together in the first place. We are coming up on it again this year, and I have very high hopes for this one. We’ll be talking shop all together this year, and we may have …

Talking About Queries

I’d like to talk a little bit about queries. A query letter is a letter (These days, it will almost certainly be an email, but check the guidelines) you would send to an agent that you think would be a good fit both for you (More on that later…) and your story. This will often …

Medical Info for your writing

Today I want to talk about medical facts and how they need to inform your writing. My day job is in the medical field, and often I answer questions from my CP or other Roaring Writers about medical facts in their fiction, and today I want to share a “greatest hits” of topics. When you …

The Power of Release; Or, How To Get Un-Stuck

I don’t believe in writer’s block, but I do believe in being stuck. For me, that really helps, because if one is stuck, then it logically follows that one can become un-stuck, too. Maybe it’s because I’m a helper. I like to take care of others. It is my gift, it is my curse. I’ll get …