I don’t have a degree in writing. Not from a traditional institution of higher education at least. The closest thing to formal training I have is a seminar on creative writing while in college. Everything else I learned from reading, writing, and podcasts. And today we’re going to focus on the latter.Read More
Last week, we talked about beta readers, what they do, and how to find them. This week, we’re talking about how to treat them once they’ve signed up.Read More
You finished your novel! Congratulations.
And you’ve edited and edited and edited. Even better!
Now you’re ready to self publish or start querying it around, right?
Writing is rewriting
I’m close to finishing up two projects and I’ve very tempted to say, “this is good enough,” and just release the book. It’s a great feeling to release a book you’ve written. You should try it sometime.Read More
No one cares about the book you’re about to release.
Most don’t care about the book you already released.Read More
As a writer, most of the work you produce will come from you sitting alone at your keyboard. You make the decisions, and you execute the decisions based on your own timeline (and motivation level).Read More
I have a very specific answer I give when people ask how writing is going.Read More
One of the other benefits to writing a short story a week or a novel in 3 months is that you keep your momentum going.Read More
The first step I always take when it is time to edit is to print out the entire manuscript. It’s such a great feeling to hold that first draft.Read More
When working on a project, you might get stuck. Everyone will give you different advice on what to do in those situations, but, just find the one that keeps you writing. Here’s what I do when I get stuck.Read More
One of the best pieces of advice I got when I was just starting to write was this: finish your project.Read More
This past week, a friend asked me some of the details around publishing on Amazon. She mentioned she wants to write a non-fiction book but doesn’t know where to start.Read More
When you get a story idea, one of the first questions you have to ask yourself is, “What medium is best for this story?”Read More
It is difficult for me to keep perspective. I have trouble remembering the big picture in the minutia of the day to day.Read More
“Have an idea for a huge space opera trilogy? You’re not ready to write that novel yet. Start with something small.”
This is one of the best pieces of advice about writing I received when I was first starting out. It came from my friend Lance Schaubert.Read More
You’ve finished your book. It’s edited and edited and edited. The cover looks amazing. Now it’s out in the world.
Now, how do you let people know?Read More