Have you ever walked in and found a smiling face pointing to a plate of food and a little voice saying, “Looky! I made you breakfast!”? That warms your heart--until you look around your kitchen and realize you’ll have to spend hours cleaning it just so you can make yourself a cup of tea. What if that were your neighbor?
There’s a lot of information in the world telling writers they have to write more to be successful. While it’s true that, the bigger your backlist the more money you’ll bring in, creating that mountain takes time. The more time it takes, the more disillusioned you may feel. If you’re like me, you’re schedule is … Continue reading 3 Great Tools To Increase Writing Productivity
I've received several emails over time asking if I think a human editor is better than using editing software or vice versa. Although I've addressed this in the past, I think it's necessary to make it clear that I think that software can never replace a human editor. Step 1: Use Editing Software By using editing … Continue reading Is Editing Software As Good As A Human Editor?
There are so many great writing craft books and blog posts out there I just had to do my first monthly mash-up focusing on those. The following are some of my favorite books, in no particular order: Writing craft books: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland -- Brenda shows us that no writing … Continue reading 10 Writing Craft Books And Blog Posts
The need to organize your thoughts and store new ideas isn't just a writer's thing. I find myself needing to capture ideas for all kinds of things, as does DH (who knew there were so many Star Wars hobby ideas? 🙂 ). If you're cruising the 'net on your laptop or smartphone and come across … Continue reading 3 Nifty Apps to Organize and Store Ideas
What makes you uncomfortable with or defensive about your story is worth looking at closely for two reasons: 1) it could be a hidden gem, or 2) it could be a little darling. Hidden Gems Sometimes as we write our subconscious seeds our stories with hidden gems, like how or where your protagonist will find the answer to his … Continue reading Hidden Gems and Little Darlings
Editing. Possibly one of the most loathed words in a writer's vocabulary. It's a necessary evil, but with the right tools and some help from people who understand what you're doing you won't need to put it under getting a root canal on your to-do list. The first thing you need to do is to … Continue reading Editing With or Without a Budget
Using software to help you edit your manuscript isn't an easy cheat. You'll still need to do the work of re-writing. However, editing software can make self-editing a little less worrisome and there are a lot of different options, both free and paid.
As if learning the craft of writing a novel isn't difficult enough, after it's finished you'll need to edit it. If you're going to be traditionally published, you'll probably work with an editing staff to make your work marketable. But before it gets to that point, you have to get it past the slush pile … Continue reading 13 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier
I've blogged about using a training budget before, but sometimes you may find your budget is hovering around $0. What do you do then? Spend time trolling through other author's blogs, especially those who offer eBooks (and other types of media) covering topics you're interested in, and prowling over social media networks. There are three … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training