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A Little Help From My Friends

This is a post I hope sparks discussion more than it offers any real advice. I have this character trait that drove my parents crazy. I didn’t like asking for help. Asking for aid meant failure. My parents would watch me struggle to learn something and offer help. I would get indignant. No way! I …

NaNo November and Plotting

Ahh, November. Fall is officially here. There’s a crispness and bite in the air, even here in the South. Pretty Fall colors abound, and it’s pumpkin spice as far as the eye can see. For some people, November also marks the kickoff of NaNo. I’ve never gotten the NaNo bug, but I’ll admit I hit …

It Doesn’t Get Easier

Now this just might be me, but I thought all of those years struggling to get my foot in the door would be the hardest part. That once I got that first publication, made that first sale, things would get easier. And of course, that was a load of bull, and I’d totally deluded myself. …

Gail Z. Martin’s SCOURGE and VENGEANCE Blog tour

I’m still overwhelmed with life and not doing much writing on my own. So, I asked a question I’ve often wondered about: how do authors co-write? I’m not going to marry Ken Schrader, but I do want to write a story with him.  Some day. Mindy Co-Writing Without Homicide By Gail Z. Martin My husband, …

Will it Ever be Enough?

So let me tell you about my September: I decided that I was going to make a serious push toward finishing the first draft of my current project. I figured* that it would take about thirty thousand words to get there. If I broke it down to daily word count goals, I could get there …

If You’re Gonna Prologue, Do It Right

Greetings, all. Fall brings out the beauty in nature, the changing leaves on the trees, pumpkin-flavored everything in grocery-stores, and my most favorite of literary movements…The Great Annual Reading of Horror Novels. I started this tradition years ago, and it is simple. I read horror novels, ghost stories, and gothic treasures each fall, as I …

Dissection

A few months ago, Janet blogged on how Writers Gotta Read. Read and keep reading is advice writers are told repeatedly. Many of us shake our heads at the thought of anyone who wants to be an author who doesn’t have a reading list a mile long. This is a not a problem that pertains to …

The Big, Fat Grammar Guide

Grammar. Blergh. Dry. Boring. Rules on top of rules. Overwhelmingly voted “Least Popular Topic” among the general writing community. Unfortunately, grammar is also the foundation of all good writing (good defined here as publishable). Since many of us came to the fiction world from careers and majors other than English or MFA programs, our last …

Tell the Story

I’m writing a book that I don’t know I’ll be able to sell. Of course no book comes with a guarantee that it’s going to sell (and that may be the topic of another post), but this one has its risks. Risk #1: I am writing someone who is not me. Really not me. How …

Reverse Writer’s Guilt?

I’m sure you’ve already heard of Writer’s Guilt. For those of you that haven’t, it’s that feeling that you get when you know you should be writing, but aren’t. The reason why you aren’t writing doesn’t matter. What matters is that, physically, you could be writing, but you aren’t. It could be that you’ve decided …