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The First Book: Six Lessons from a Debut Author

Here are my favorite of the 6:


Your work ethic should have nothing to do with how you feel, or whatever else is going on in your life. Feelings come and go. Situations change. You work ethic, however, is a constant because it is an attitude. A good work ethic is one that commits you to a realistic routine suited to your goals and situation. …


Don’t have time to write? Waiting for inspiration – or an ideal situation? Well, as the saying goes, time is not something that you have – it’s something that you make. Likewise, situations don’t write – people do. …


Like time, confidence is not necessarily something that you have. To avoid crippling self-doubt, pretend confidence is a verb – something that you do. Understand that confidence doesn’t come from self-regard (that’s arrogance). It comes from showing yourself what you’re capable of by trying things. Hence the age-old advice: ‘Fake it till you make it.’ …

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. –Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett

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“It’s Not You, It’s Me.” When You and Your Manuscript Need to Have a Talk

This is such a refreshingly honest piece. Sometimes our skills are simply not up to par with the story we’ve envisioned.  There is no shame in admitting that.

Don’t get discouraged.

Work on other things. Read. Learn. Write. Grow. One day your ability will exceed your vision and that perfect piece will flow uninhibited.

Don’t give up.

“It’s Not You, It’s Me.” When You and Your Manuscript Need to Have a Talk.

Review: Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction
Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction by Marcy Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short, sweet, and to the point. Marcy has provided lots to chew on in this practical guide to showing and telling. She breaks down the examples used to clearly point out opportunities for deeper POV and guides the reader/writer through revisions. Her ‘Take it to the Page’ section will be a great benefit to my writing and editing. I’ve already purchased a few more of Marcy’s titles; I like her teaching style.

This is a great addition to any writer’s reference library. I know I’ll be coming back to this one often.

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Returning to my pre-holiday self


I really can’t put my finger on any one thing that has stalled my intake of information these past few weeks. Perhaps I can lump the void of new knowledge into a papered, ribboned, and bowed ball and call it “Christmas.” 

Now that I am back at work, trying to return to some semblance of normalcy, I’ve opened up one of my favorite websites to get caught up on all their delicious and filling writing tips.

How to Use Color More Effectively

How to Use Color More Effectively

This is a great post, and provides detailed lists of color descriptors. 

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing

I can’t say enough about how much I am enjoying I learn something every day!

Today’s advice is timely (at least for me). 

The Secret To Creating Story Structure

The Secret To Creating Story Structure

Confessions of a Plotting Pantser

I don’t know about you, but when I write I enlist a variety of methods to get my thoughts on the proverbial paper. I found this article in my in-box which rather clearly outlines why *ahem* outlines are integral parts of the writing process (bad pun, I know). I also read this nice piece this morning, so I’ve had outlines on the brain pretty much all day.

Some folks might extol the virtues of pantsing over having a detailed structure to their story, but I challenge that. Any writer already has a clear picture of how their project will play out. They just might not take the time to map it all out in an outline. There are so many ways to get to the finish line. I wager that even the most devout plotter has a few moments where they deviate from their outline and fly by the seat of their pants. No one way is right or wrong.

For me, I’m a plotter and a pantser. When inspiration strikes, usually in the form of a scene, I immediately write down everything that I can. That then turns into character bios, which then turns into some sort of rough draft for a chapter or two. When I’m in my writing vein, I oftentimes scratch out some semblance of an outline for each chapter. I know what I want to happen, so I map out key points that I’d like to hit before I move on.

I don’t know about most writers, but I oftentimes see the end from the beginning (makes writing a linear story a real challenge, lemme tell ya). Because I’m developing an idea based upon something that hasn’t yet happened to my characters, I’m left to unravel the mystery of the story. I have no idea if my efforts are successful. The few wonderfully faithful readers that I have seem to think so. Yay me!

My first fic, Pure Perfection, was completely written on the fly. I plotted out later chapters, and then my goals for the sequel, however, doing so seemed to stifle the flow of creativity for those projects. The sequel was a sonofagun to get started and finish.

Although I like to have a plan of action, once I’m really in my writing groove I let the words flow and take me wherever they want. Most times what I end up with bears little resemblance to what I started with.

There is no one, absolute route to take to get your brilliance out of your head and into the hands of the masses.

Happy writing!

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