Recently, I’ve encountered a few writer friends having small panic attacks because they’ve received notes from their editors that contain copyediting markup. You know, the weird symbols that editors scrawl in pen or pencil above your nice typed lines, or in the margins. As it happens, these are not arcane symbols, or their version of… Continue reading Deciphering Copyediting Markup
I’m a writer with anxiety and depression, and I know I’m not alone. I think writing calls to many of us with these conditions. For me, the call began during a childhood spent reading for escapism from the institutionalised torment of compulsory education. To clarify, I loved getting good grades and earning teachers’ praise—I just… Continue reading Writing with depression & anxiety: a field guide
Roshani Chokshi’s debut, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, released last year to widespread acclaim. The companion novel, A CROWN OF WISHES, releases on March 28. We were beyond thrilled to get the chance to ask the lovely Roshani a few questions…
Fight scenes. Damn, these can be difficult. Too detailed and they’re boring. Not detailed enough and the reader won’t feel grounded. The best advice I can give is to build the scene in layers—start with the skeleton, then add the viscera, then the skin.