The Dos And Don’ts Of Handling Bad Feedback

As much as we want to think everything we write is gold, it isn’t. In fact, when you’re first starting out, it’s not even silver or bronze. Anyone who has dipped their toe into the feedback pool knows how scary it is to send your beloved draft to someone else. You know how it feels... Continue Reading →

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Let’s Connect: Writers Tag

This week I'm taking a creative break from my current draft, which has given me time to work on my blogs (my regular post will be up tomorrow) and to finally jump on board with the Writers Tag started by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen. I've never participated in one of these before, but couldn't resist... Continue Reading →

Invoking The Five Senses

When it comes to writing, the deeper the connection you can make with the reader, the better off your book will be. I’ve talked about this in the last two blogs posts (How To Write In Deep POV and How To Master Show, Don’t Tell, for those playing at home), and how using these writing... Continue Reading →

How To Write In Deep POV

As a writer who has spent the last few years drafting a four book YA series, I thought I’d gained a good grasp on how to write. I’d ironed out the head hopping that embarrassingly featured way too much in my first drafts. I’d mastered ending each chapter with a cliffhanger. And I’d worked out... Continue Reading →

Signs You’re Ready To Move Onto A New Manuscript

If you’re a writer who has typed “The End” on a manuscript, you know it’s just the beginning. There’s still the second draft. Endless edits. Incorporating beta feedback. Re-writing whole sections. Adding or dropping characters. At least five (or more) other drafts—and that’s before you look for agents, tackle the dreaded synopsis, or prepare to... Continue Reading →

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