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WIPjoy #31 & Final Five Answers

31. Your dream cosplay from your WIP! My characters live in the modern world and dress fairly normally. Maybe slightly better labels than I do. At best, I could dress up in some haute couture like my characters do for the big memorial service. I like dressing up, so that could be fun.   ***…

WIPjoy #30 & 5 More Answers

30. How do your characters celebrate Halloween (or other holiday) if they do? Nerissa isn’t much for parties, though she doesn’t mind dressing up. She thinks it’s kind of fun, actually. But she’s too old to trick-or-treat. Her ideal Hallowe’en is hanging around a bonfire.   ***   11.Your first MC. Uh . . .…

WIPjoy #7

7. A writing tip that has helped you. There must be so many . . . I remember my thesis advisors telling me to watch for the word “just” because I used it too much. That was helpful. I know that it’s important to get a draft out and not pause to self-edit because then…

The Order of Parts

Writing has a lot of steps. People who don’t write don’t understand that. Sometimes people who do write still don’t understand that. So I thought maybe I’d break it down a bit. 1. Writing 2. Critiquing 3. Beta 4. Editing 5. ARCs 6. Release That’s a simplification. In truth most of these stages loop. You…

Becoming a Writer: Step One

Someone asked me the other day, “So what do I need to know about being a writer?” For context, this person is working on his first novel. I’ve read enough of his work to know he has the basics down: grammar, spelling, punctuation. He reads a lot, too. I feel like you have to read…

IWSG: Writing Rules

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Read and support writers by clicking here, and if you’re a writer you can also join! Last year I had two books and one short story published. This year I plan to publish at least one book, and I hope to finish a couple other manuscripts.…