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
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 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