• #MondayBlogs,  Motivation,  Work-In-Progress

    Neurotic Thoughts On My First Traditionally Published Book (Or The 9 Month Long Battle With Inner Voices)

    In 2014, I wrote and submitted my very first traditionally published book (and you can pre-order it here).  The process of drafting, editing and submitting was nothing less than a constant fight with negative inner voices. I was a mess. But it’s done. And I’ve survived. I’ve written and published a book before, but the first one was self-published. When I self published, I realized I had this huge ocean of grace — all the mistakes, all the decisions, all the vision, all the glaring spelling errors are mine alone. No one else was invested. The stakes were low. I joined the ranks of thousands of other writers who publish their…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Nanowrimo,  Revising and Editing

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Signs You Have Too Much Backstory

    They really should call December CleUMessNoMo, for Clean Up Your Messy Novel Month. And that kind of looks like clueless. I think that’s fitting because many writers, especially new and inexperienced writers are clueless about what to take out of the hot mess that is their Nanowrimo Project. If you have any doubt, this handy list can help you address the backstory problem you may have in your little darling. Backstory is great for writers who need to know the true motivation of their characters. Backstory is not great for readers who are aching for action and just want the writer to get to the point!  Tell the story for crying out…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Nanowrimo,  Revising and Editing,  Work-In-Progress

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself When You Clean Up Your Nano Project

    Nanowrimo is almost done!! And if you are one of those gold star, overachieving type, you may be wondering what to do with this little project once it’s all over. (This blog will have plenty of advice in December!) But for now, let’s list a few general tips to consider when fine tune that draft. These all have to do with the general story structure and plot –these are big issues. In fact, you can’t do much more with the development of your story until these wrinkles are ironed out. Are you ready to answer some tough questions? (And have a stronger manuscript as a result?) Let’s Go! 1. Does…

  • 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…

  • Craft,  Interviews With Authors,  Self-Publishing

    Interview with Author/Editor Bridget McKenna: How To Self-Edit Your Self-Published Book (So It’s So Good, She Won’t Be Able To Stop Reading!)

    “How Do I Make My Writing Better?” Ask an editor! Meet Editor/Author Bridget McKenna! Last spring, Bridget and I started a conversation about her article, “Why I Didn’t Keep Reading Your Book” Parts 1 & 2.  And then I had the idea that I wanted to interview her and I send her questions. Then she moved. And then I kind of forgot about it. And then I broke my ankle and I was on pain meds. Then she reminded me that she would get to those questions as soon as she could. And then I started this crazy Facebook group. And then when I got the interview questions back, it felt…