You finish your first draft. You throw a party. You know there's still a long way to go, but you're proud of what you've achieved. And so, to keep the momentum going... You rest. How tempting is it to just jump right into the editing stage? As much as I'm a proponent of taking breaks, … Continue reading How to Give Your First Draft (and Yourself) a Break
Immersing Readers in the Story World
Project Pea word count: 8,118 I’ve read a lot of good books lately that showcase how critical it is to immediately immerse your reader in the story world. But, as important as it is, it’s not easy to do - and I'm discovering that firsthand as I'm charging through the beginning of Project Pea (or … Continue reading Immersing Readers in the Story World
A New Project…and It’s Non-Fiction?!
I've got a new WIP - and it's not fiction. For those of you worried about the fate of the elusive Project Pea, fear not! It's still my primary focus. And for others who may be concerned about the sequel to The Dragon's Den, once again, don't worry! I'm giving it some time before I … Continue reading A New Project…and It’s Non-Fiction?!
A Setback…but With a Bright Side
Well, I might as well just come out with it: I'm pushing back my finishing date for Project Pea. Again. Sometimes, it seems like this WIP has been nothing but headaches. I can't seem to get a firm grasp on it, like it just keeps slipping through my fingers. I keep wanting to get frustrated … Continue reading A Setback…but With a Bright Side
Takin’ a Break
Sometimes, you just need to take a break. And sometimes, the break comes to you. I don't have too much progress to report on Project Pea this week because there hasn't been much. I had a lot of things planned last week - a combination of Memorial Day, my birthday, and all of my teacher … Continue reading Takin’ a Break
How my cats singlehandedly gave me the idea for my current WIP…
27,300 words in a month. I'm one-third of the way through Project Pea - at least I think I am, if I'm right and it ends up being around 80k words - and I already can't believe I've gotten this far. If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll know that it's been a … Continue reading How my cats singlehandedly gave me the idea for my current WIP…
Why I’ve Never Published a Full-Length Novel
"Become an indie author," they said. "It'll be fun!" they said. And it is! But it's also slightly daunting for someone like me. People always say that unless an incredible miracle happens, if you want to make it anywhere in indie publishing, you have to write a lot of books. It's the only way to … Continue reading Why I’ve Never Published a Full-Length Novel
How is it already Tuesday?
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I'm here at the start of a new series of posts I will be making at the beginning of every week (usually on a Monday, but I wasn't able to get this out yesterday). These will just be brief updates about what I'm working on during the week, including some writing and/or … Continue reading How is it already Tuesday?