I love the writing community — I have felt more at home within this community than any other. You guys get me. I could kiss you, but I won’t. Not today. Today, I’d like to get a little more serious about a problem I’ve noticed in both professional writers and amateurs. Something that, as a…
When I tell others in the writing business that the (adult epic fantasy) manuscript I'm currently querying is 180,000 words long, I get a lot of questionable responses. But what most people don't realize, is that it used to be much longer.
Here are some of the ways I cut it down.
Well, what can I say? I do believe it’s finally done. I didn’t get a chance to announce that TBA’s final draft was finished nearly a month ago now, but yes, it is done. Still, I’ve been swimming in a sea of work. The Beta Testers and Querying AheadMy beta readers–hopefully the last readers before…
After relentlessly cutting 96k out of a 298k draft, I finally finished this current draft of TBA. It took too long untangling the story to get it to a place that was manageable, but that draft is finally done--and I actually hit my goal to finish it by May 1. I've received intensely wonderful responses from my group of test readers--Now, it needs one more pass to fix residual plot funks, and get it down to my wordcount down to 175k or less.
Working from home is difficult, and this week, for me, has been no different. In fact, it’s even worse than usual because I recently brought home two of the cutest kittens ever. Still, I’m putting out the same amount of work I do any normal week. I’ve been working at home for years, both as…
HEY FELLOW WRITER. GO BACK UP YOUR BOOK. IN LIKE. FIVE DIFFERENT PLACES. I'M NOT KIDDING.
HERE'S A SCENARIO. IMAGINE YOU'VE GONE OUT TO LUNCH AND WHILE YOU'RE OUT YOUR LAPTOP GETS ROBBED. I'M NOT KIDDING. IT HAPPENED TO MY FRIEND ONCE. TWICE. DROPBOX IS YOUR FRIEND. CARBONITE IS YOUR FRIEND. EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES ARE YOUR FRIEND.
Sometimes there are obvious reasons why we hate our work -- hating our work is part of the natural creative cycle. However, there are some reasons we hate our work that can be avoided. But no one ever wants to talk about them because 'they're mean', or 'if I tell you this I'll hurt your feelings'.
Well, here's the thing. If you're going to get any better, you need to know the reasons that your so-called 'friends' aren't telling you.
Working on a full-length story is great -- but sometimes following the rules can be exhausting and can often prevent a writer from having the fun they used to have. Learning how to do the Writer's Sketch can help you break away from the mundane, and even open doorways to starting future stories.
Are you on a third, fourth, or maybe final draft of a manuscript? If so, you are greatly at risk for developing itsalmostoveritis. Depending on the speed you write, you’ve spent anywhere between 5 months and 10 years on your project, which means that your book has consequently become a part of your life.
An update on my plans for publishing some free short stories online.
Next week I'll be compiling a blog entry about doing 'sketches' as a writer. No, not drawings, but 1500 word mind-barf blurbs to keep you in practice on those weeks/months you spend editing day in and day out.
Honesty and Passion. It's the beta-reader or Crit-Partner every writer wants, but is too afraid to ask for. If you've finished a manuscript, you know the feeling of wanting an honest beta-reader as well as you fear an honest beta-reader.