by Lev Raphael Before I got my first book published, a novelist I knew quipped, “The only thing worse than not being published is being published.” I had no idea what he meant, but I soon figured it out. Take blurbs. Begging for blurbs for your forthcoming book is a definite downside of being… Read More Why Authors Beg For Blurbs
by Kelsie Engen Today we’re going to talk about how to approach the next revision step: developmental edits. Basically this means addressing the major, structural issues of your WIP before moving on to the minor things. This step comes after you’ve read your first draft, made some comments or jotted down ideas. Of course,… Read More 7 Reasons Why You Should Outline Your Novel DURING Revision
by Allison Maruska Confession: I’m writing this post as a form of procrastination and it may be a bit wandering, but I think we’ll end at a coherent place. I’m supposed to be working through my editor’s notes for Part 2 of the Project Renovatio series (hereafter known as Project Liberatio, or PL). And… Read More Writing Pain in Fiction
by Phoebe Quinn The world is pretty visual, but I’m not. Despite my insistence that, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight, I’ve never been able to work in a visual way. My mother is an artist and Boyfriend is a filmmaker, and I admire the crap out… Read More 7 Ways to Write Visually (Without Describing Everything)
by Pekoeblaze A few months ago, I read a fascinating online article about “method writing”, which also mentioned some of the things that famous writers did to get into the mood for writing. So, I thought that I’d share a few of my own thoughts about this subject. To be honest, “method writing” sounds… Read More Why Are Rituals So Important For Writers and Artists?
by Meg Dowell We are in a weird era of online publishing right now. The internet is a mix of personal essays meant to be empowering, listicles meant to be funny and news stories meant to be accurate. The more of these genres of content get tossed around, though, the less appeal they have.… Read More Do You Ever Feel Like You’re Writing the Same Thing Over and Over?
by Monique Hall Up until recently, I was writing in the closet. By choice, the only person I had to speak to about my writing was my husband. Luckily, he’s interested and very supportive of everything I do, but as I recently finished the first draft of my very first manuscript, I knew… Read More Why Networking is So Important For Aspiring Authors