I don’t plot my books; they come to me in the spur of the moment from a single scene, idea, voice. Sometimes I know where I’m going, sometimes I don’t. In the writing world this means I’m what’s commonly known as a pantser: I write by the seat of my pants. It’s a pretty accurate… Continue reading Finishing Yet Another Silly Manuscript
Comic Sans looks kind, soft, a little like a child’s handwriting. It seems so friendly you just can’t resist it!
Does anyone actually call their kid “child?” Or refer to their son, to his face, as “son?” How about calling their daughter in conversation “daughter?” If books were to be believed, we do this constantly, but I’ll swear to you I’ve only once, and ever once, heard one person in the world say, “Here you are,… Continue reading Things We Do In Books (that no one actually does)
To be a writer, you need very few things. A pen, some paper, a computer helps, but really, the entry barrier is pretty low. Sit there and type. You did it! You’re a writer! But to be an Author? Boy oh boy do you need a lot of crap. Today’s post is brought to you… Continue reading In Soviet Russia, Book Formats You
Welcome back to my series on how to edit your manuscript! This is where I suggest how to edit your manuscript in preparation for either self-publishing or querying. Remember, there’s no one way to edit. If you’re already doing something that I’m not mentioning, or you do something differently, why not suggest it in the… Continue reading Perfect Editing Is A Lie
Okay, last week was all about how to start editing; this week is the nitty-gritty as I show you how to edit your manuscript. Remember, editing is one of those no-right-no-wrong processes. You might have a technique that differs vastly from mine, and that’s fine. But if you don’t have a clue, give this a… Continue reading Edit Or Die, Because
Back in university, my friends and I decided to put together an online role-playing group, because we were that type of nerd. It would be steampunk-themed, some sort of supernatural detective agency. I forget the rest of the details anymore, but it seemed like a fun idea. Everyone else was creating doppelgangers of themselves, but I… Continue reading I Am Not My Characters
You wrote a book! It’s done! Huzzah, huzzah, well done you! Are you done? No: first you must edit. But what the heck does that mean? A year ago, I was in the same boat as you. I read online that I should edit my work, so I did. As in, I read it aloud,… Continue reading The Heck Is “Editing?”
Being an author means meeting other authors in an actual way, like hanging out with them. On the internet. Usually Twitter.
Shut up, it’s real, it is real.
Sharing your holiday gathering with a Writer? Here are a few Dos and Don’t to help you host someone infected with Writer-Itis–and to keep from catching it yourself.