If you’ve ever read any book reviews, or ever received any critiques on your work, chances are good you’ve heard the following feedback: “I just wasn’t grabbed by this scene/chapter/story. Nothing happened.” If your goal is to write a commercial book where everyone says “I read it in one sitting and I couldn’t put it… Continue reading “Nothing Happens In This Scene:” Brief Thoughts On Pacing and Context
The End. Small words, three letters each. But when you put them together, wow are they big. The conclusion, the finale, the denouement. Powerful, shocking, bittersweet, heartwarming. An ending can be so many things. I’m not going to say the ending is the absolute most important part of a story; beginnings are important, too, because… Continue reading Why I Love Endings (And Also Hate Them)
We did it, we survived 2020! So, let’s try to start 2021 with some positivity, new connections, and writing! The best way to be a good writer is to…well it’s to write. Second best way (that we know of) is to make new connections/writer friends! We all met up through various Critique Partner (CP) match-up posts like the one… Continue reading Critique Partner Match Up 2021!
This post is co-written by Ashley and guest writer, Janella Angeles, author of the forthcoming WHERE DREAMS DESCEND. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that writing is rewriting—but let’s not forget the other undeniable truth that follows: revising is also re-revising. Admittedly, some unicorns have the gift of being smooth, fast revisers and we HATE them (just… Continue reading When Revising is Revising is Revising…
There’s a TV show on Syfy called Face Off, in which a dozen makeup artists (of various skill levels) are challenged to make new creations every single week. One by one, the artists are eliminated by three judges until there’s a winner. While watching a recent episode, I was hit with some hard truths about… Continue reading What I Learned About Revising From Face Off
Sometimes, you finish a giant revision and you think to yourself. “Finally, I’ve made it through Mordor and now I will throw this damned ring into the fires of Mount Doom!” Your finger hovers over the “send” button, you stare that beast in the eyes, the one that you thought you loved but that really… Continue reading Before querying & sub: cutting word count, filler words, & line-edits
We usually see writing a book as a relatively straightforward, if difficult, process. First comes an idea. Maybe it’s a character, a scene, or a concept, but either way, the next thing you do is brainstorm and daydream about this idea. Then after you’ve got some good ideas churning, maybe you write an outline, if… Continue reading Back to the Drawing Board: Brainstorming a Book After You’ve Written It