HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL! 🎉 Did you know that not only is this year 2020—the start of a whole new decade of possibilities—but it’s also *leap* year?? How cool is that? I can’t fully explain *why* but, that just lights a fire in me! And now, one of my goals for this new, fantastic year, is to finish the first draft of my second novel, … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR! A Mighty Welcome to Year 2020!
There she is. My sent-to-production brain baby. I remember when I finished the very first draft… I never imagined it’d get this far. I really didn’t. I had hope, but that was literally all I had. A hope! A wish! Never underestimate hope. When that hope is lit up with the fire of *work* and a refusal to give up, *anything* is possible. And the … Continue reading I Love My Sent-To-Production Brain Baby
Well, it is finished. It is finally finished. I’m totally brain dead now, so the following isn’t going to make much sense, but I just had to celebrate and say: the 12th and final round of editing is done, and The Very Real World of Emily Adams has been sent off for proofreading. HOORAY!!! 🎉 I’m so excited and happy, the FINAL edit is done! … Continue reading The Final Draft is FINALLY Done! 🎉
One of my worst—*very* worst—fears as a writer, is to write bad dialogue. It started when I was a kid and heard my mom talking about a book series she was reading. She said the story was wonderful and inspiring, but the dialogue was so bad that it totally ruined it. She eventually quit reading the series. Then—oh then!—I saw the Star Wars prequels… I’ve … Continue reading What I Learned About Avoiding Bad Dialogue
I couldn’t help it. This made me literally laugh out loud. Did you know that Stephen King tried to throw away his manuscript of Carrie? But then his wife read it and told him that he needed to publish it? What would’ve happened if Stephen King had quit right then? Had given in to the negative voices in his head and had never seen his … Continue reading Words Live Longer Than Critics
Write the book you want to read! I’ve always been drawn to books. If a store has a book section, I’m in it. If a store has ALL books, well… I could live there. I don’t need food. I just need books… And a bathroom. And chocolate. And Dr. Pepper. But mostly books. But one day, I noticed that I’d always leave the book section … Continue reading Write the Book You Want to Read
One of the things I hear from other writers, that holds them back, is just how much they beat themselves up as they struggle to write their first draft. I’ve had huge battles with this, too! I cannot tell you how many times I rewrote *just* the first chapter of a manuscript about 8 years ago. It was my first attempt at writing a novel … Continue reading What The First Draft Really Is