Tag «Writing life»

“Hustle” Doesn’t Have to Hurt

Hustle. Perhaps you’ve heard the term being used lately. In my circles, it’s used to denote hard work, really moving to get ahead, or stay ahead, because – and this is the really good part – when you’re not working, somewhere, somebody else is. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with hard …

Get Up and Move

As human beings, we’re not exactly equipped for sitting down for long stretches at a time. Which is exactly what a writer does. I wanted to mention this right in front of everything else because it’s important to your health to, well, get up and move every now and again*. That isn’t what I wanted …

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. …

Author Websites

Happy Sunday Y’All. If you’re in my neck ‘O the woods, you’re buried under nearly a foot of snow with a layer of ice on top of it and you’ve got stuff to do that involves going outside… So I’m blogging instead*. Today I’d like to talk about something other than writing…Kind of. Every now …

Will you or won’t you?

There was a stretch – certainly nothing recent – where I wrote every day for 144 straight days. It started out as a way of trying to measure my productivity. For those of you that don’t know, I am a big fan of using spreadsheets. Which is kinda funny, because if I had to rely …

Savor the Moment

It’s not like this hasn’t been said before, but writing is hard work. Some days, it can be a slog. I’m not going to try and refute that here, or try and put any kind of spin on it to make it seem otherwise. Writing is hard work. But there are times… And, if you’re …

Success, Jealousy, and Good Days

Wanna hear a little known fact? Don’t let it get around, but occasionally writers do come out of writing-hibernation and venture into public. Even more amazing, they have interests outside Scrivner and word counts. My most recent foray into society came when the eldest rugrat and I ventured out to a dog show. Now, let’s …

Talking About Queries

I’d like to talk a little bit about queries. A query letter is a letter (These days, it will almost certainly be an email, but check the guidelines) you would send to an agent that you think would be a good fit both for you (More on that later…) and your story. This will often …