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RWA 2019

As anyone in the romance field, or anyone glimpsing my social media feed over the last two months knows, July was the Romance Writers of America national convention in NYC. There are RWA chapters in (nearly) every state, and many hold three day conventions, with signings, panels on craft and marketing, and awards banquets. But …

Once More Unto the Breach?

Very soon, I will be returning to join an uncounted number of my colleagues in what we refer to as the “Query Trenches.” If you’re going to try to get your work traditionally published by one of the major publishers, this is a necessary step. To continue with the metaphor, on the other side of …

Quantity vs. Quality vs. Efficiency

Prepare to embrace the crazy. — Me, c. November 2013 What’s this? A post about NaNoWriMo in July? Well, it *is* only a little more than three months away. If you’re a plotter, anyway. For me, the topic has relevance because it changed my life—and not always for the better. No, this is not a …

Change, Please!

How many times have you thought of a cool idea? A nifty setting? An intriguing character? How many times have those brainwaves failed to translate into gripping stories? Why do some stories draw you back while others leave you cold? Conflict is the source of tension, and tension drives plot. Flawed stories often miss a …

Normal, Until It Isn’t

My knees are pretty beat up. It started back in High School, and has been a roller coaster of good days, weeks, months, and not so good days, weeks, months of pain, cracking, popping, etc. TL;DR: This is one of those not so good days. It started on Friday. I don’t know how long before …

The Road So Far

As is my MO, I had another post outlined (that poor structure and pacing post has been dumped so many times that it’s developing self-esteem issues), but a new-shiny presented itself for this weeks blog. Maybe not so much presented as dive-bombed into my lap after two weeks of stress, whinging to my crit partners, research, …

Just Beat It!

I’m going to start off by saying that this is going to be a long post, but if you’re having trouble plotting, or figuring out why a story/novella/book isn’t working, then you should definitely stick with me. It’s been quite a while since I last put up a post here on The Million Words, and …