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 …