For those of you who somehow, inexplicably missed it… November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. To officially participate, you sign up and commit yourself to write 50,000 words in a month’s time, that month being November. (I know… Thanks Ms. Captain Obvious.) Personally, I’ve never participated NaNoWriMo, even though the past three years… Continue reading Are you a ‘real’ writer? ~D.T. Dyllin
A writer can learn a lot about herself while writing and preparing to publish novels. I, for example, have learned my neurosis knows no bounds. I have chosen to take the sound advice of successful authors like Sylvia Day, and hold on to my first book until I can release more in the series. Sylvia’s… Continue reading Perfecting (or overthinking) the Self Published Novel – Jen Crane
Who are you? No, not as a person… Who are you as a writer? And what are your goals? These are two questions that every writer should ask themselves, and if you don’t know the answers, then you have a problem. Every writer is as different as their fingerprints, shaped by their unique nature… Continue reading Author-y Ramblings… ~D.T. Dyllin
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Mr. and Mrs. Dursley… Continue reading What’s your line? Play a game with Mags!
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
Earlier this month while my husband was cleaning out an old file cabinet in our garden shed, he found a drawer full of my old manuscripts. Digging through them, I discovered at least a half-dozen stories dating from back in the days when editors and agents wanted actual pages banged out from typewriters. We’re talking 120,000 or more… Continue reading You’ve Got to Crack a Few Eggs by Sandra Jones
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?