Close your eyes to see

Editing sucks. There. I said it. Except it doesn’t have to, or at least I don’t think it does. I am not saying that it doesn’t stink when your editor or beta reader says something like, “Good premise, but I can’t connect to the character” or “I like where you were going, but the scene fellContinue reading “Close your eyes to see”

7 Tips For Revision

Are you ready to start the revision process but not sure where to begin? Here are some ways to analyze your work in progress (WIP). CHAPTER TITLE HEADINGS Make sure your WIP is easy to navigate by creating chapter title headings. If you are unfamiliar with this process, you can read more about it onContinue reading “7 Tips For Revision”

Building a masterpiece: 5 reasons to resist throwing your WIP in the trash

Pushing through the feeling of inadequacy gives you a great opportunity to build a new character for the manuscript (or an idea for a new one). That feeling of fear, of never being able to get it right? Do not give it to it. Instead, name it.

Going back in time: 10 Key Steps to writing a flashback scene

On my way to completing my first manuscript I had to figure out how to get all of the important backstory pieces into play. I knew the importance of immediacy as a main ingredient to fiction writing. I knew going back in time should be used sparingly because it halts the forward motion of theContinue reading “Going back in time: 10 Key Steps to writing a flashback scene”

Peace and Pride from the Nitty-Gritty Writer’s own “Rubyfruit Jungle”

In 1977 I fell in love. I was 14. Typical childhood right of passage. Except I am a societally defined woman, and so is she. I remember thinking that I wanted to marry her. Hell, I would have even done the dishes for her. (Those of you who have read Rubyfruit Jungle will likely getContinue reading “Peace and Pride from the Nitty-Gritty Writer’s own “Rubyfruit Jungle””