By Voirey Linger As writers, we deal with failure regularly in the form of the dreaded rejection. We hear regularly that it’s part of the business. But it’s more than just a facet of business, it’s part of life. No one is completely successful at everything they attempt. Everyone fails. But too often we see… Continue reading Failure: Take It Like a Scientist
~ Voirey Linger Watching your book flop is never pretty. Believe me, I know from first-hand experience. It hurts to admit it, but it’s true. I set my darling fly like an eagle, free and soaring high above the world, and it took a header into the pavement. No matter how many times I picked… Continue reading Success and Selling Out
I write books while sleeping. It sounds weird and maybe impossible, but it’s true. About eighty percent of my main plot comes to me while I’m snoozing. I’ve often discussed the secret of my plotting with friends and interested parties and it never fails to garner curious questions. There is a lot of research out… Continue reading My Plotting Secret
Voirey Linger As I write this, I’m staring at a story that is over two-thirds written. I love my characters. I love how they interact and how their relationship is moving along. There is romance, angst, joy, serious tragedy and humor. Sounds great, right? Except it’s not. I wrote out that black moment and this… Continue reading When the Story Falls Apart
As some of you might know, I frequent a board that has a lot of new and young writers. It can be interesting to see some of the same questions I had as a new writer coming up, time and time again. It’s a reminder of what it felt like to be new and hungry,… Continue reading Editing… What Does It Mean?
I made my first sale three years ago, February 2010. Some days I remember every detail of that day. Others, the excitement is old news. The rush of getting that email faded, leaving me little jaded and, I admit, a bit impatient with people who aren’t to that point yet. But I try to hold… Continue reading Getting the email… My first sale
One hard thing about writing is that there is no clear finish. Sure, the story ends, but then I get to go back and start editing. Then come are critiques and beta readers, more editing, more tweaking, more fussing. It’s never perfect. There is always a typo I wonder how I missed, oh, and by… Continue reading Are We There Yet?