2013 was a bad year for writing. I was in a slump. A bad one. I was on the wrong side of an emotional roller coaster. To stick with that analogy, I hit a high peak early in the year, then plummeted downwards, went off the rails, and crashed in a ball of flames. It … Continue reading The 3 Steps I Followed to Cure the Worst Writer’s Block of my Life
It's a busy week! So instead of a proper post, here's a link I found fascinating. This is from agent Sarah LaPolla, and it discusses what to keep in mind (and to not get too hung up on) when writing for the teens of the 21st century. And if that doesn't make you feel old, … Continue reading Writing for Modern Teens, Or: Hey, Want to Feel Super Old?
First off, WriteOnCon! I didn't talk about it much ahead of time, but I participated. (And now it's over, so this won't be useful to anyone who didn't already know about it.) WriteOnCon is a once-a-year, online-only "writing convention" for people who write anything in the range of picture books to New Adult. (So while … Continue reading WriteOnCon! And the “Fight Club” Approach to Querying Agents
I generally blog about writing tips and books I've read. This is rough, because I was reading this last week: It's elementary school fiction. In Japanese. For 6th graders. It's about some elementary kids who start a mystery club and hunt down the legendary thief, Papillon. And it is, obviously, nothing I would really write … Continue reading Author C.C. Hunter Explains How to Overcome Self-Doubt | WritersDigest.com
So you've written something. You think it's in a reasonable place, and now you want to find someone to read it. You're excited and scared--someone is going to read your work! What if they hate it? What if they love it? What do you do? I get it. It's uncomfortable. And while I could write … Continue reading What NOT to Do When You Ask Somone to Review Your Writing
It's been years since I was a teenager, but I was everything you'd expect from a young, naive writer. I thought I was great at writing, I wanted to major in it, and I was determined to write for a living. I was a novelist. A writer! All I had to do was, you know, … Continue reading Three Things I Wish I Had Known About Writing When I Was a Teenager
I've been reviewing works in progress for folks on Absolute Write's Beta Readers, Mentors, and Writing Buddies board. (Which is an amazing place if you really want to get a story reviewed, by the way. I got 4 offers in under 24 hours for my 70,000 YA fantasy novel.) One of them taught me how … Continue reading A Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Making Imperfect .EPUB Files