I'm still standing! As I wrote in my last blog post, I sent my manuscript off to an editor for a modified copyedit, which included feedback on the pacing of the book, whether any sections should be cut, or if there were any obvious aspects of the story that just didn’t work. I’m happy to … Continue reading Survived the Red Pen!
I took the scary and exciting step of sending my manuscript off to a professional editor! I have requested a modified copy-edit, which will also include pacing recommendations. It's scary because I wonder if my book will be slashed to bits by the red pen, and it's exciting because this brings me one step closer … Continue reading Off to the Red Pen!
One of the toughest decisions a writer has to make is whether to try to get a traditional publisher, or go the self-publishing route. Both have their drawbacks. Getting a traditional publisher almost always requires getting an agent, first. Then the agent tries to find a publisher. It also usually means the author gives up … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions
This story was written by a member of my writing group.
My First Solo
Clunk-clunk click my heels as I step towards the white void. Thump-thump beats my heart slamming in my chest. A four-point-five tremor shakes my fingers as one hand grips the stand, the other slipping down the shaft of the microphone.
A mix of denim and bare legs wait, a blaring silence hushing the faceless bodies.
A single strum of the piano keys fills the auditorium, then another long strum, and finally, the violin joins in. I count down from three, open my mouth, and pray my voice doesn’t crack on my first note.
Writers, have you ever tried writing a 100-word story? A member of my writers group recently challenged us to write a 100-word story, so I gave it a try. It's hard! Every word is so precious, I regretted the loss of each one I lopped off. I was inspired to write this story recently when … Continue reading 100-Word Story Challenge
Work, commute, family responsibilities, exercise, chores, errands--oh, and don't forget having fun and maintaining relationships and friends. When do I find time to write? I've been struggling with this for a long time. Usually I end up squeezing in little bits of writing in the evenings and on the weekend, in between other things, and … Continue reading Revision Sprint
No, I didn't get a haircut. (Isn't that what women ask their husbands when they get a new hairstyle?) I added a new button to my website! One of the great things about pursuing my dream of writing and publishing a book is that I'm always learning something new. Not long ago, I learned how … Continue reading Notice Anything Different?
Many new writers ask, "How many drafts does it take to write a good book that is ready for publication?" The frustrating answer is, "As many drafts as it takes to write a good book ready for publication." Some writers can create beautiful, publication-ready prose right out of the gate that only requires minor tweaking … Continue reading How Many Drafts?
What determines whether someone--whether they are an athlete, artist, musician, or in any other profession--is successful? It turns out it's not natural talent, or even intelligence. It's grit. At least, that's what Angela Duckworth says in Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. I've been listening to this book on Audible, and have been greatly … Continue reading Grit
I have loved books for as long as I can remember. Not only do I love reading them, I also smile at the sight of their spines dressed in brightly-colored jackets on the bookshelves. I take pleasure in the feel of the pages as they slide through my fingers, some slippery like silk, and others … Continue reading For the Love of Books