Sidetracked

I’m going to own it. I got sidetracked. Squirrel!! This year’s been bad for my writing. My self-imposed deadline to finish the first draft of my novel by World Fantasy Con was shattered by my headlong plunge into the morass of local politics. My state had important elections, and I couldn’t just wait for someone …

Revision Time

Since I’m fresh off an intensive revise and rewrite stint, guess what this weeks post is all about? Yep. The Dreaded Revision Process. Writers seem to fall into two camps when it comes to revisions—those who can’t wait to dig in and smooth out issues, versus those who would rather have a root canal from …

A Little Wisdom from Doctor Cox

  If you want to improve as a writer, something very important to identify is your strengths and weaknesses. I know it seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many writers don’t do this. It’s important to be subjective in this. If you are reading this saying to yourself, “I’m great at everything,” then you’re …

I’m not alpha material.

Hey there! I’m doing my own post for once. I am exhausted, the disease I fight is kicking me in the shins right now, so if this is a mess from an editorial standpoint, I’m writing about betaing, not editing. Very different things. Beta? What the heck is a beta? From the business dictionary: Second …

Will you or won’t you?

There was a stretch – certainly nothing recent – where I wrote every day for 144 straight days. It started out as a way of trying to measure my productivity. For those of you that don’t know, I am a big fan of using spreadsheets. Which is kinda funny, because if I had to rely …

Five tips to increase suspense in your writing

  One of the things writers struggle with in their stories is how to build suspense. The definition of suspense is a mental uncertainty, a pleasant excitement to a decision or outcome (Thank you, Merriam-Webster).   So,  how does one go about creating suspense? I will list several methods for your consideration. The unreliable narrator. …

The Answers Lie Within, part 1: Untangling an Ending

Art Credit: Highgate YYoga Sign Artist JPYMAI; photo by me Six weeks ago, for this week’s post I planned to talk about something I was doing to keep me productive and hold myself accountable: wordcount tracking, and the Excel spreadsheet I threw together that would keep a running tally. I’d just started, so I thought …

Leading the Horse

J. K. Rowling is not shy about expressing her political views publicly. One pleasant side effect at having earned over a billion dollars from one’s art is having no fear of speaking one’s mind. In a twitter exchange near the beginning of the year, one of her followers angrily denounced Rowling’s attack on the immigration …

First, Do No Harm

  In case you’ve been otherwise occupied, there’s a long-overdue conversation of sorts taking place in the writing world about the lack of diversity in books, among published authors, and in publishing houses. #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #blackgirlsread, #browngirlsread, and anything by Justine Ireland and Angie Thomas are all good starting points. Honestly, I’ve written, then tossed, some …

Seek Help. I Did.

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you may know that a few weeks ago I was having a very rough time. Like a very many of us I suffer from anxiety and depression, and it had me in its grip so tight, I thought it might squeeze the life out of me. …