I'm officially back in the query trenches! I've got a brand-spanking-new YA fantasy ready to go, and I'd dearly like to get a literary agent for it. It's harrowing! It's nerve-wracking! I'm anxious! And, well, that's a lot of emotional energy. I just sent out my first batch, and... hey, it looks like most could … Continue reading Finding Agents to Query
This week's post is going to be a short one. But I have to share! Scrivener is an incredibly popular piece of writing software. It has loads of features. Loads! It has so many, in fact, that you could use it for years and still find ones you've never seen before. I had one of … Continue reading How to Use Scrivener’s Name Generator
Are you a plotter or a planner? Well? Do you plan things or do you wing it? Are you organized or spontaneous? Do you structure your books or do you wait for the muse to take you by the hand? You're one or the other! Choose! If you've been writing any amount of time, you've … Continue reading Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being
I've got something a little different this week! You've probably heard of these monthly subscription box programs that have been so popular lately. If not, here's how it works: people send out monthly mystery gift boxes based on a theme. You sign up, and you get mailed a box every month. I've never signed up … Continue reading Unboxing the first Scribbler Box
Within the writing world, you sometimes run into people who are obsessed with finding The Best Idea Ever. These are the folks who write posts like: I'm terrified to talk about my story because someone will steal my idea! I have an idea for a story that's so good that it's guaranteed to get me … Continue reading A Good Idea Won’t Get Your Story Published
I'm sure you've heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don't overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It's common advice, and it's not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. … Continue reading Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic
WriteOnCon 2018 is officially over, and I attended about two and a half days of it. (Not that "attending" means tooooo very much when everything is online.) And now that it's over, let's talk about how it went! First thing's first: what is WriteOnCon? WriteOnCon is an online writing convention for people writing children's literature. … Continue reading My Experience with WriteOnCon 2018!
WriteOnCon is coming up! This year, it's running from February 9 to 11, Friday through Sunday. Haven't heard of it before? Check it out. WriteOnCon is a writing convention for children's book authors, including everything from picture books to New Adult. It's also completely online, which means you don't have to go anywhere--just register, sign … Continue reading WriteOnCon!
I looooove Sarah Andersen's comics. They're one of the only reasons I check Twitter, because I'm clearly not going to get over my social anxiety and talk to someone. This gem came out over the holidays. Let's talk about it! https://twitter.com/SarahCAndersen/status/943504157960421377 Practice! Practice. Practice. I want to keep its URL in an easy-to-reach place and … Continue reading Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors
It's 2018! You know what that means, right? It's time for self-indulgent introspection! Let's start by checking my 2017 resolutions and seeing how I did! My 2017 New Year's Resolutions I did okay! Okay-ish? I did edit my new YA fantasy, the tentatively titled Garden in the Waves. It took WAY longer than I expected, … Continue reading My 2017 Year in Review