Diving Deep Into Third Person Point of View

Have you gotten feedback from readers, agents, or editors telling you they can't connect with your story? Or that you're doing too much telling instead of showing? Or maybe they can't tell what your characters want? While a variety of problems can lead to this sort of feedback, one thing definitely will--using distant third person … Continue reading Diving Deep Into Third Person Point of View

To NaNo or Not to NaNo? That Is the Question.

If you've been in the writing world longer than a millisecond, you've probably heard of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who are readers and not writers, it's short for National Novel Writing Month. Essentially the goal is to write a short novel (50,000 words) in the month of November. That breaks down to writing about … Continue reading To NaNo or Not to NaNo? That Is the Question.

Interview on My Writing Process (plus a special announcement…)

Hi friends! I'm throwing in a short extra post this month, because I've had the honor of being interviewed by writer Arthur Macabe for his series Interviews from the Void. My interview, Episode #32, just went live this week on his blog. Arthur asks some wonderful, thought-provoking questions about my writing process and pulls together … Continue reading Interview on My Writing Process (plus a special announcement…)

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Querying Literary Agents

One of the things I love about this blog is being able to share with you what I'm learning on my writing journey. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time reading up on how to query literary agents. As you might guess, thanks to my BFF Google, there's plenty to find on this topic. … Continue reading Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Querying Literary Agents

Three Reasons to Celebrate Your Writing Achievements

Hello, friends! Long time no write. Sometimes I can rationalize being late on my blog posts...¬†Well, I only committed to twice a month, and even though it's been two weeks it's not technically the middle of the month yet...¬†Ahem, not this time. It's been three weeks and it's definitely not July 15th. But sometimes life … Continue reading Three Reasons to Celebrate Your Writing Achievements

The Hows and Whys of Critique Partners and Beta Readers

One of the things I love about this blog is being able to share things I'm learning and hopefully help other writers. Today I want to talk about two things that mystified me as a new writer--critique partners and beta readers. It's exhilarating to finish that first draft and type "The End." Then you let … Continue reading The Hows and Whys of Critique Partners and Beta Readers