There are a ton of great things about this business. Things that never get old. A yes, when you were prepared for a no. Phone calls that make your heart break into a gallop. Gifts from the cover art angels in your inbox. A galley. Preorder buttons. Release day. Reviews that make a writer go… Continue reading Never gets old, never gets easier
Meet Lacey Thacker. Last month we had the distinct pleasure of hosting a wonderful young woman whom a number of our group hires for her excellent abilities to edit a manuscript. She the marvelous and refreshing Lacy Thacker. Lacy gave us a quick overview of how she edits a manuscript. She does a three pass… Continue reading A Visit with a Real Editor
Every author has a favorite part of the writing and publishing process. My personal favorite is brainstorming the new story. I’m giddy thinking about research, character profiles, and plots. The front end of the process is pure heaven for me. Let me organize my Scrivener note cards by chapter and plot point. Stand back as I choose… Continue reading The Red Zone by Brinda Berry
Who knew? The first chapter of a novel can, literally, make or break its success. Oh. You knew this? Well, bear with me. I am learning as I go here. So, I made the classic rookie mistake. I began my novel the way it began in my head: with my protagonist waking up. It is how many… Continue reading The Importance of The First Chapter
Last month I blogged about the notion of killing your darlings. I did one better than blab about it. I committed murder one month ago. And I’m freer than I’ve ever been. Ahahahaha! I wouldn’t recommend murder in your real life. The handcuffs come out, not in an erotic romance kind of way, and prison… Continue reading Megan’s Corpses
Everyone in my house just bolted out the back door. Why? I’m in deep cleaning mode. No unused toy, unworn shirt or dust bunny (no matter how cute…not that I find dust at all cute, but bunnies very much so) is safe. The same goes form my writing files on and off the computer. In… Continue reading Are You Utilizing and Optimizing Your RWR?
This month I started, finally, editing the manuscript I’ve been working on for the past year. My editing technique still needs some perfecting, but I’m learning and it really is progressing. This week, reading through my roll of blogs to which I subscribe I ran across a blog about editing. It is written by an… Continue reading An Editing Technique – Reverse Outline