“Self-discovery is one of few guaranteed rewards of the writing journey.”
I had a lot of fun writing Book 4. While I wait for next steps, I want to share two of the craft tools that helped me tremendously with this book. First up, while I’ve always had some scattered notes about my characters, this was the first time I wrote thorough character profiles BEFORE drafting.Continue reading “Revision Tools: Character Profiles & Reverse Outline Spreadsheet”
I won PitchWars 2020. No, I didn’t get picked by a mentor, but I found my community. Instead of gaining one author to mentor me through three months of revisions, I found thirty other middle grade writers on my wavelength to cheer me on, share resources, and swap critiques. This is our blog hop toContinue reading “#MGwaves: Finding My Community”
First, thank you to spell check for helping me spell unnecessary. Second, in writing novels, we need to check for unnecessary characters. An unnecessary character is one who doesn’t advance the plot. A good test is how difficult it would be to remove that character. If the character can be removed easily, with no changeContinue reading “Necessary Pets: Daisy in Wonder”
Analyzing past mistakes is a great way to learn. It’s important to note that I didn’t write my first book with the intent of publishing it. Maybe that makes it easier to dissect why it’s unmarketable. I wrote it as a personal goal. I had started a few other projects over the years that wereContinue reading “Everything That’s Wrong About My First Book”
Writing a book is a big time commitment, which may never pay off. Even if you complete it, it may never be published. Thirty pages into what would become my first completed manuscript, I wrote down some of the reasons why I write. Maybe these will give you motivation. Writing is excellent mental exercise. ReadingContinue reading “Why I Write”
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