• Craft,  Creativity,  Work-In-Progress

    How To Describe An Object And Why It Matters In Your Novel

    It’s pity that I don’t hold murder weapons on my desk. If I did, I could describe them and stick them in my work-in-progress. This is what I do have: I have a cobalt glass heart that I use as a paperweight. My husband’s cousin, Robin gave it to me. It’s been over 15 years since she’s given it to me and I can’t not think of her when I see it. This glass heart could be a weapon if I needed to be. It has little value other than who gave it to me. I also have a lamp, a cardboard coaster from a beer garden in Germany, four…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing,  Work-In-Progress

    What To Do After You Write “THE END” by Guest Blogger Keisha Page

    You’ve Just Finished Your First Book! Now What? You’ve written your manuscript, and now you’re a little unsure about the next steps. No matter if you’re wanting to submit the manuscript to a publisher, participate in something like #PitMad or #PitchWars on Twitter, or go the indie publishing route, you should spend the next few weeks going over and polishing your manuscript.  But you should take it nice and slow. Baby steps. The first thing that you need to do is take a moment and realize what an amazing thing you’ve done. You’ve finished a manuscript. That, in and of itself, is an accomplishment. On my hard drive, and faithfully…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Craft,  Work-In-Progress

    Eleven Ways To Know The Best Time To Show Your Work (And When You Should You Hold It Close To Your Chest)

    Oh, we writers are an insecure bunch aren’t we? When we start out, we’re hesitant and flighty, nervous and fretful. We crave affirmation that we’re on the right track, but we stop so often to ask, we make little progress. Then it doesn’t help that there are so many book/websites/blogs to read about how to be a great writer that it just makes us more insecure in who we are. So are we good or not? How do we know? When do we find out? Why isn’t there a rule about this? Um, well, this is the problem with the subjectivity in good writing. No one really knows. But that doesn’t…

  • Motivation,  Self Talk,  Work-In-Progress

    The Terrible Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me

       Why Is Writing So Hard Sometimes? I have a work-in-progress and I think it hates me. Every day I sit down with this project and put in at least an hour. When I sit down with it, I feel it come alive. It is a non-fiction book, so it’s not like it’s alive in the sense of genre or character. It’s alive with the ease (or lack of ease) that comes with the drafting and sculpting of each chapter, the way it seems to fight against me.  Some days, it is sterile and compliant; I’m the boss. I put one word in front of the other, much like writing a…