Archive | May, 2017

Don’t Quit Your Day Job (But Not Why You Think)

Many writers dream about being able to write full-time, to commit themselves entirely to their art, cast off the shackles of the 9-to-5, leave their office cubicles behind for a cozy corner table at the coffee shop. But we’ve also heard the advice: Don’t quit your day job. This advice also serves as a punchline: Someone sings off-key, asks for an opinion, and someone cracks the joke, “Don’t quit your day job.” The implication is you […]

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On Burnout and Refilling the Creative Well

I am burned out. I don’t think anyone would dispute that writing is hard work. And writing is hard work. It may not be physically taxing, but it is mentally, emotionally, and at times spiritually taxing. But because we don’t necessarily wear the work of writing on our bodies the same way we do with other types of labor, we often ignore, try to justify, deny, or even berate ourselves our own exhaustion. That’s what happened […]

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Tips from Industry Pros: Before During and After a Conference

Networking is so key to a writer’s career and conferences are a great way to combine networking with craft. Whether you choose to attend more craft-based programming like Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) nationals and regionals, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and Midwestern Writers Workshop (MWW) or more industry focused conferences like BookExpo America (BEA) and American Library Association (ALA)–most of attendees include publishing professionals and writers for anywhere from […]

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Choosing the Right Narrative Tense/POV

The minute I finished Draft Zero of my upcoming novel, White Rabbit, I was seized with doubt. I had written the entire novel—all 92,000 words—in first-person past tense…but had that been a mistake? The issues I grappled with as I considered this question led me to an even broader one: How do you determine the proper combination of tense and POV for a story, anyway? I wrote my debut novel, Last Seen Leaving, in first-person […]

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Guest Post: The Joys (and Perils) of Writing a Series by Aya de Leon

Today we welcome debut author Aya de Leon to the blog — she’s a fellow former Debutante at The Debutante Ball, a publishing blog that I was a member of in 2015. It’s a fun read — tracking the journey of five first-time authors over the course of their debut year. Check it out if you haven’t already! Aya’s first book, Uptown Thief, kicked the start of her Justice Hustlers series. As she launches book two, The Boss, she’s taking a moment […]

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