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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 …

Another Trip Around the Sun

Today is my birthday. Happy Cake Day to me. No, I’m not going to tell you how many candles. I’m old enough to know better and let’s leave it at that. I am going to be a bit self-indulgent and talk about something I like. This time of year always gets me to start thinking …

Writing Through Adversity?

Writing through adversity, huh? Probably not the most uplifting blog topic. However, unless you lead some sort of charmed life, the ugly truth is that outside events will eventually impact your writing-world—illness, accidents, relationship-ending love-life complications, serious financial blows, deaths. For artists, it feels as if there’s often an added layer of complication heaped upon …

To be, or not to be

Verbing is hard. Mostly because there are so freaking many of them. But verbs are arguably our most powerful asset as writers to paint the picture within our reader’s minds. Which is why any form of the verb “to be” should be avoided if at all possible. This is extremely hard, let me tell you. …