Summertime writing

Lazy days of summer? Bah! I’m writing, and I’m taking the coolest writing workshop. Every Tuesday night, a few other speculative fiction writers and I meet at Tubby and Coo’s bookstore to talk about Building Better Worlds. Check out the description of the workshop below…doesn’t it sound amazing? Not to mention getting to know other […]

Kidlit writers: Review of Chapter Book Blueprint by Children’s Insider

Writing Blueprints are created by the folks behind Children’s Book Insider, which just celebrated its 27th anniversary! As of today, these are the Blueprints available through WritingBlueprints.com: Picture Book Blueprint  Easy Reader Upgrade Picture Book Blueprint / Easy Reader Upgrade Bundle Chapter Book Blueprint   Self-Publishing Blueprint   I tried the Chapter Book Blueprint, and I loved […]

One step forward…

…and a couple backwards. The thing about rejection is that sometimes they’re right. Which doesn’t make it suck any less. via GIPHY I recently submitted a manuscript I was really proud of to a writing professional I respect. Her response was quick, brief, and a little painful to hear. I rearranged deck chairs on my […]

Learning from the masters

I’ve been feeling swamped. Pounding away at my book-in-progress almost every day, I reached a point where it Just. Wasn’t. Working.

Self-editing, Round 1

I finished a draft of my book the other day. Eleven chapters, 43 pages, 12,000 words. Yay, right? Almost immediately I felt dissatisfied. It wasn’t working. I couldn’t even complete the final chapter. I was bored by my own book. Who would read it if I didn’t want to?