Archive | January, 2019

Know thyself, and hit your deadlines

So, deadlines. I can almost hear ominous music in my head as I type that word. They are a constant fact of life for the professional writer. They are crucial to keep everything running on schedule. And, to tell the truth, they suck. Writing a book isn’t like the due dates for homework and school projects that we grew up with, or the quick turnarounds for various tasks often required at our jobs. It isn’t […]

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“Fun” With Spreadsheets: Tracking Your Writing Progress!

This is obviously a generalization, but I’ve noticed that quite a few of us writer-minded folk are not big fans of math and numbers. Building vast imaginary empires? Doable. Engineering a heist involving spaceships and intergalactic monsters? We got this. Figuring out that perfect alchemy of a hate-to-love relationship between characters? No problem. Looking at our royalty statements, i.e. twelve pages scattered with numbers, decimals, and percentages? *screeching horror violins from Psycho* (In all seriousness, […]

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Plotters, Pantsers, and Bill Murray

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there are two types of writers— plotters and pantsers— and all writers love to talk about which ones they are. It’s a writing conversation starter. A softball. Are you plotter or a pantser? Nobody is wholly one or wholly the other, but the lines are drawn somewhere between— do you largely create outlines and stick to them? and do you largely discover the plot as you go along, preferring […]

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A Late Bloomer’s Bumpy Road To Publication

My debut novel officially releases this month, one month from a Very Significant Birthday for me. I’ve been writing seriously since I was twenty-five, a lifetime ago. My long route to publication might scare younger writers, but it shouldn’t. Some people bloom late, and this is work that must be given the time it needs. In my late twenties, I used my first novel manuscript to apply to a number of MFA programs. I didn’t […]

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