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Character Agency

“So What Cha Want?” -Beastie Boys “The question isn’t what are we going to do. The question is what Aren’t we going to do?” -Ferris Bueller When you talk about writing characters or talk about characters, in general, sooner or later you talk about Agency. You do this whether you know what Agency is or …

Dealing with Disaster

Let me just lay this down here: I sold my first book. And then I didn’t. I didn’t, actually, get “The Call” telling me that there was an offer on the table. It never got that far. What I did hear was that an editor was hashing out details of the offer with their manager. …

Comps and Querying

I’m a writer who loves a theme, and as you may’ve noticed, my last few posts have focused on final revisions in preparation for tossing a story out in the big, wide world, and the first steps in pitching your newly polished gem through contests or pitch events. It follows then that the next logical …

Those Pesky Dialog Tags

Be careful what you wish for, y’all. You might get it all at once. I’m sorry that I’m two days late now. I didn’t finish this until midnight last night, and I didn’t really want to post it up in the middle of the night. The last few weeks have been incredibly draining. Writing on …

Bookwork with Jean Rabe

I want to thank Jean Rabe for guesting my spot today! She has a new book out, The Bone Shroud, and it’s amazing! Typing “the end” isn’t enough I occasionally mentor writers through a university program. One of my recent students wrote a seriously-good fantasy novel, which required little fixing. I asked him where he …

How to Be an Instant Success Overnight

Here at the Million Words Blog we’re all about sharing the journey to, well, a million words. The journey we are all on to achieving a writing life. Now a “Writing life” might mean different things to different people, but I think we can all agree on one thing: There are no shortcuts. You’ve got …

Writer’s Block

Some writers don’t believe it exists. Others are paralyzed by it’s clutches. Me? Oh, I believe in monsters. The post today is a few tips on how to combat writer’s block. My first defense against the WB is to search for answers to some basic questions. Am I writing because of a deadline? Am I …

Description is Not a Sin

I have a problem, the reverse of what many of my fellow writers struggle with. I am terse. I don’t dump words on the page like water pouring over a cliff. Years as a professional editor and doctoral student show up in first drafts full of compact prose. Word count is not my friend, but unlike …