NaNoWriMo Day 6: Survival Tip of the Day

Many of my friends and acquaintances are currently in the midst of the sheer madness that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The goal: to write a book (yes, sir, that’s right a whole book) in (gasp) 30 days! One concern that a participant mentioned today, and others may be feeling: After 6 days she […]

NaNoWriMo Day 5: Survival Tip of the Day

Many of my friends and acquaintances are currently in the midst of the sheer madness that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal: to write a book (yes, sir, that’s right a whole book) in (gasp) 30 days! If you’re with me now, congratulations! You’ve made it to your first NaNoWriMo weekend. Today’s tip […]

NaNoWriMo Day 4: Survival Tip of the Day

Many of my friends and acquaintances are currently in the midst of the sheer madness that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal: to write a book (yes, sir, that’s right a whole book) in (gasp) 30 days! Today’s survival tip is brought to you by the letters F, L & U. That’s right, […]

Research: Getting Lost in the Details

One of my downfalls as a writer is that I love research. I will research everything: world/geographic history, old photos, prominent people, music/movies, lingo, and even name meanings. I love research! For my last novel, A SHINE THAT DEFIES THE DARK, I had the best time with my research. I studied everything I could find […]

Slush Pile: Interview With a First Reader

You’ve finished your novel, done no fewer than a hundred proof-reads and thirty revisions. Now you are ready to submit. But what happens between the moment you hit that ‘Send’ button and finally get a response can be a bit of a mystery to many writers. Who reads your manuscript? What’s the process? What gets […]