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445 Posts: Writing
January 9, 2020
A Valentine to FriendshipFinding Mr. Better-Than-You isn’t about me—even though that was the launching point.
January 2, 2020
5 New Years Resolutions of an Author"I’m not all that great at actually keeping resolutions, which means I’m going to keep things simple this year."
December 30, 2019
First Drafts: The Dreaded Sequel"As prepared as I tried to be, nothing could have equipped me."
December 26, 2019
Revisions: Sometimes You Have to Break It Down to Build It Better"I’ve learned breaking down the edits into smaller, workable bits was less daunting."
December 18, 2019
First Drafts: They Don't Have to Be Perfect, They Just Have to Be Done"That first spark, the first chapter, it’s the jumping off point for what your book will eventually become."
December 17, 2019
Editing Is Not (Unfortunately) a Numbers Game"Editing is brutal for me, I think strangely because I’m a numbers girl."
December 11, 2019
Every Book Is a Different (Editing) Story"Now I really know just how different each book can be, even in edits."
December 9, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: Another November Is Over... Now What?Whether you "won" NaNoWriMo or not, there's only one thing left to do: Let other people read your work.
November 25, 2019
Writing Multiple Points of View: Should I Do It and How?Trying to decide whether to write from multiple POVs? We have a few tips for figuring out if it's right for your book.
November 21, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Stay MotivatedFeeling the grind of NaNoWriMo? Here are five expert tips to keep yourself motivated.
November 13, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Make the Most of Your MinutesHere are six tips to help you hit those word count goals.
November 12, 2019
Ask an Editor: What IS Story?"Story" can be a surprisingly hard-to-identify piece of a book.
November 8, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Find InspirationIf you're struggling to come up with a story to tell, here are seven tips for where to find the inspiration you need.
November 5, 2019
What Makes a Reader Pass the 3-Chapter Hurdle?Editors can usually tell whether a manuscript is going to sink or swim by the end of Chapter 3.
October 30, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Slow and Steady Writes the Novel"The secret to winning NaNoWriMo is to have a proper plan in place."
October 29, 2019
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: More Tips for Writing a Strong First PageYou only get one chance at a first impression. This is especially true for books!
October 25, 2019
Based on a True Story: Separating Fiction from Fact"I had to figure out who Cam was–with me and my experiences taken out of the equation."
October 24, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: 10 Things NaNo-Newbies Can ExpectParticipating in NaNoWriMo for the first time? Seasoned NaNo-er and author Katy Upperman can tell you what to expect.
October 18, 2019
First Drafts Are for Getting It Down, Not Getting It "Right""The hardest part about writing the first draft... is writing the first draft."
October 11, 2019
I Guess This Is Happening?: When Your Characters Take You on a Journey"I often have no idea what scene is going to happen next, because (surprise to nobody) I’m not a plotter."
October 3, 2019
Plotting, Pantsing, or Gardening: How to Grow Your Book "Seed""There’s no one right way to write a book. Whatever works for you, do that."