Writing

Unleash the Spark: Write What Sets Your Soul on Fire

Unleash the Spark: Write What Sets Your Soul on Fire

I’ve recently heard from writers who are wondering how vulnerable, raw, or even politically correct they should attempt to be in their writing. The overarching fear is that there’s a risk of backlash for potentially offending a reader. And I get it. In this day and age, it’s difficult to discern how differing views and thoughts will be received and how people will react.

I’ve been faced with this dilemma myself and I’m sure many of you have, too. So, at the risk of offending someone, I’m going to share my opinion.

The Writer's Guide to Working With an Editor

The Writer's Guide to Working With an Editor

You’ve just finished your first draft. You went through it with a fine-tooth comb, revising and rewriting. Now it’s time to send it off to the editor, but you have no clue what to expect. By the end of this post you’ll know what to expect from the process and feel comfortable working with a professional editor. 

How to Track a Scene

How to Track a Scene

There’s a lot to keep in mind when writing scenes, and if we’re not careful, we can easily overlook any of the components that make a scene work. When I work with developmental editing clients, one of the things I do is track each and every scene. I enjoy this part of the process because it’s very analytical and straightforward, and it gives a very clear overview, a bird’s eye view, of the entire story.

Keep the Momentum Going with the Good, Better, Best Method

Keep the Momentum Going with the Good, Better, Best Method

What I’ve learned is that if I schedule time into my day, I can push through the procrastination, take the first step, and next thing I know I have forward motion. That motion then motivates me to want to do more. Now I have momentum. 

You Can Finish Your First Draft! 4 Ways to Find Time to Write When it Seems There Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day

You Can Finish Your First Draft! 4 Ways to Find Time to Write When it Seems There Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day

Finding time to write can be challenging. If writing isn’t your full-time gig, then you probably find yourself struggling to get words on the paper some days. I know I do! In fact, when I enter my busy season, my fiction writing is the first thing to take a back seat.