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.…

Show Don’t Tell

My daughter’s teacher asked me to come talk to the kids (third graders) about writing, specifically “show don’t tell.” As a writer, I know when I’m being told rather than shown something. But how do you teach that? “Tell me a story.” Well, no. We don’t really want to be told stories, we want to…

WDC16 #11

Last one for Saturday. You can see why I was so exhausted by the end of this conference! My last session for the day was From Storytelling Mire to Page-Turning Momentum: Three Common Plotting Mistakes that Keep Writers Frustrated, Unpublished and at the Bottom of the Slush Pile. Whew, quite a mouthful, isn’t it? It…

Never Look Back

I’m going to admit that, aside from needing to check a quote or make sure of details when writing a sequel, I almost never go back and read my old work. Maybe (probably?) a lot of writers are this way. For me, it’s about not tangling my brain up with wishing I’d written something differently…

It Means A Lot

. . . when I hear from readers who want a sequel to something. Readers may think they don’t have much influence on writers, but (at least in my case) they do. While I do have other commitments to consider, I can rearrange my project list based on encouragement from readers. Point in fact: last…