Rewrites: My Excuses and Tips

Those who follow my Instagram account know that this week I've been working on rewrites for book one in my YA supernatural series. I'd actually finished writing this book two years ago and sent what I thought was the best version to a handful of agents, some publishers, and a competition. It was rejected on all fronts.... Continue Reading →

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Seeking Feedback From Beta Readers (And Why It’s Not As Scary As You Think)

Unless the book you’ve written is so bad that allowing others to read it will somehow bring about the end of the world (in which case you should probably kill that MS with fire), seeking feedback is a helpful step for any writer. It's a step I've taken numerous times in the last few years,... Continue Reading →

C Is For Consistency

If you’ve read my last few blogs posts (mainly What To Do When You're Uninspired and 5 Sure-Fire Signs That You’re Procrasta-Writing) you’ll know that I’ve struggled to write anything besides blog posts for the last two months. Some of that has to do the doubt that rears it’s head when starting a new writing... Continue Reading →

The Repeats

If you’ve ever edited a manuscript, you’ll know that it takes many drafts and lots of re-writing to shape said manuscript into a readable book. Amongst those drafts should be a pass that includes finding a word that is repeated so much that you could turn it into a drinking game. I call these instances... Continue Reading →

Character Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to the characters of your book, no one is going to know them like you do. Bringing these imaginary people to life and making them feel real is a tricky art. One that you can master with practice, learned skills, and remembering some of these dos and don’ts. Dos Do Work With... Continue Reading →

Are You Good Enough?

Writers continually question themselves. Is this idea worth pursuing? Are my characters realistic? Is this plot twist surprising? Could I have worked harder to hit my word count? One of the most frustrating questions they ask is, Am I good enough? It’s frustrating because there isn’t a straight-up answer. There’s no test you can take... Continue Reading →

Reviving Your Darlings

"In writing, you must kill all your darlings." ― William Faulkner ― Hands up if you’ve heard, read or shared William Faulkner’s quote about killing your darlings. It’s a common piece of writing advice touted by Faulkner and many other writers in one form or another, including Oscar Wilde and Stephen King—who advised that you... Continue Reading →

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