I started writing this post a while ago, after I read a rash of posts about people quitting their jobs to write. It was always in the most terrible ways, too--they were the "I'm struggling to support my boyfriend because he doesn't work, but he says his 'big break' will come as soon as he … Continue reading Writing is A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Why You Probably Shouldn’t Quit Your Job to Write Your First Novel
I've been querying my YA fantasy novel since September 2014, and oh man, it's been a journey. I'm not quite done, so I can't talk about stats yet, but I can definitely talk about the random things I've learned. Lesson #1: I hate competitions. I really, really, really hate competitions. I've participated in PitMad, Pitch … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Querying
For years, I had an extremely rigid writing schedule: I wrote 2 times a week for about 3 hours at a time. I'd usually do two days writing and one day editing, and I'd write somewhere around 4-5,000 words a week. It worked, it was wonderful, and I kept it going for 7 whole years. … Continue reading In Praise of the One-Hour-a-Day Writing Schedule
Oh, shoot! Has it really been three weeks since I last posted? I'm awful at this blogging thing. But never fear! I have yet another writing resource that you might have seen already, because it came out weeks ago. But here you go: an interesting guest piece from Writer Beware: Writer Beware®: The Blog: Guest … Continue reading Writer Beware®: The Blog: Guest Post: Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing.
This is an old article, but who cares? It's new to me! I found this little gem on Reddit's /r/Writing, and now I'm sharing it with you: Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers — Barnes & Noble Reads If you've ever read King's On Writing, then none of this is surprising, because... well, it's … Continue reading Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers — Barnes & Noble Reads
Another year has come and (almost) gone! That means it's time for that most precious of all New Year's traditions: Brutal self analysis! ...well, okay. I'll hold the "brutal." Let's just see what I did this year. Reading! I read an awful lot this year. I read 41 books, in fact, and that's pretty darn … Continue reading 2014 Year in Review
The pantsing vs. outlining discussion is as old as time. Every writer has, at some point, watched a bunch of people debate about the benefits of "winging it" versus the benefits of planning. And I may be sensitive here--I probably am--but whenever people talk about pantsing vs. outlining, outlining gets panned. I've heard it all! … Continue reading How and Why I Outline