On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

I normally write a way more wordy post every week. But this thread on when and how to take criticism on your work was just too perfect. Enjoy: https://twitter.com/DelilahSDawson/status/1087360935059181573 (It's a thread. Be sure to click through it and read the whole thing!) And now, an unrelated thought-dump on blogging, and what topics to blog … Continue reading On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

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Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

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

Beta Reading Novels and the Three Kinds of Feedback

If you've read some of my previous posts, you've probably noticed that I looooove to break things down: "writing" isn't just "writing," it's a collection of skills ranging from grammar to description to character building. You can't just ask for an "edit," because there are levels of edit. So it's no surprise that I love … Continue reading Beta Reading Novels and the Three Kinds of Feedback

An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits and How You Can Use Them on Your Novel

Writing a novel feels great, doesn't it? It's so emotional! So engaging! (All right, well, it can be, when you don't feel like you're yanking ideas out of your brain with a pair of pliers.) But when you're in the zone, everything you write feels powerful, important, and deep. Then you edit it. And whoops! It's... … Continue reading An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits and How You Can Use Them on Your Novel

On Recommended Word Counts and Why They Can Be Helpful (Especially If You Write Fantasy)

Recommended word counts cause so much angst. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, check out this Writer's Digest post, or this post on children's fiction. (Unfortunately, they're both pretty old. Still, you get the point.) Agents and publishers look for novels with word counts within a certain range. This length varies by genre and the … Continue reading On Recommended Word Counts and Why They Can Be Helpful (Especially If You Write Fantasy)