Contents tagged with writing

  • Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016

    Tags: writing

    So much to do still, but I'm going to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference this weekend. Looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things, and hoping to have a few pitching opportunities. more

  • The cutting continues

    Tags: writing, editing

    Just 2 days ago I finally made my new cutting goal--under 90K. This is what a veteran literary agent told me was the upper end of the sweet spot for debut YA fantasy.

    So now it's back to submissions, … more

  • The Fire in Fiction

    Tags: writing, style

    Over the holidays (give or take) I read a terrific book and wanted to give it a shout-out: The Fire in Fiction. I'd had this on my wish list for a couple years and finally got it for my birthday. The … more

  • Post-November Blues

    Tags: writing, NaNoWriMo, editing

    Now that November is over, did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Did you skip it? Or did you write/edit your usual way, as I did?

    During NaNoWriMo, I recall some people mentioning how what they were … more

  • Cutting tools

    Tags: writing, editing, word count

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I was engaged in the serious work of cutting my novel down to size. In fact, I reached my goal yesterday, and am now a little under 100K (update: see also my next … more

  • Death of a thousand cuts

    Tags: writing, editing, word count, NaNoWriMo

    It's ironic that this month, while so many others are doing NaNoWriMo, I'm focusing on reducing word count, just to get down into the range that agents will feel more comfortable with. I wish I knew … more

  • How do I find time to write?

    Tags: writing, scheduling

    A common problem aspiring authors such as myself have is how to schedule in our writing. Many of the reasons are common; see if any of these apply to you:

    I have a full-time job and I'm wiped out … more

  • Why I don't do NaNoWriMo

    Tags: writing, NaNoWriMo, flame-bait

    Please don't hate me for saying this. (EDIT: Please see my follow-up as well.)

    Much of the writing community is now engaged in a ritual known as NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It's … more

  • Banners

    Tags: banner, writing, publishing

    I've gotten some banners up on my site to make things feel a little more real. The banner for this blog symbolizes aspects of a book I've been working on. The book is finished and I'm beginning to … more