For some crazy reason, my first attempt to pub this blog failed; guess WordPress is having their issues... Anyway, I wanted to share what I learned from my introductory nano experience==2016 is my first year at this. I hesitated in past years because I either missed the start of the month or had more pressing… Continue reading What I learned from NaNoWriMo
I'm sure that some of you authors-in-training are out there asking yourself this question and it is a legitimate one; especially if you have been chiseling away at your craft, learning the business, reading in your genre, watching Twitter posts and participating in a myriad of workshops, pitch wars and all that is the writing… Continue reading Why Keep Going?
Now that I've finished my first MG book and sent out my first query, I await the forthcoming rejection. However, I am not afraid and look forward to placing it as the first in my inevitable stack that will prove that I've arrived. Honestly, that's a lie. No one wants to be rejected, but we… Continue reading Querytopia: Are you there yet?
I'm not referring to your demeanor, I'm referring to your word choices. I was reading a blog about improving your scenes the other day and one thing it said was 'did you notice the author didn't use any passive verbs?' Then I thought: "Hmm. Did I use any in my book?" So I hit my… Continue reading Are You A Passive Writer?
Everyone who reads has certain pleasure points when it comes to a good book. Some like to curl up with a romance novel while in their stocking feet holding a big box of tissues. Others like to sit out on the screened-in porch with a tall glass of ice tea and a good mystery novel.… Continue reading Characters v. Stories
Well I'm back after being VE-R-R-R-Y busy the last 30 days. As you know, I completed Susanna Leonard Hill's PB class and now I am in Dashka Slater's PB class! (yes I am a glutton for PB punishment!). But get this, I am also writing an MG novel! Yep, it's a series called Halle Harris… Continue reading Middle Grade on a Mission!
In lesson two we are admonished to discover just what the real issues are in our PBs. We are to focus on the type of conflict our character might face by answering questions in our own childhood. such as our worst fears, our most memorable moments and things that made us angry or sad. It's… Continue reading Lesson 2 – what’s going on?
Finally! The first day of the 30-days-to-my-first-PB-book session has begun! I apologize to those who read my other blog, writeafterwork because I have neglected it so terribly lately. But enough about that. We had our first assignment today and that is to create our character's personality. This exercise was not new to me since I… Continue reading It’s ON!