Thoughts on classic lit: Walden

Reading classic literature can enrich our lives.  But sometimes it's fun to sass it.  After all, life is better with sass. Walden - Summary:   Old hipster takes a sabbatical from modern life and dedicates his time to old-timey blogging of the experience.  Hates most house guests.  Good quotes and perhaps the genesis of the writer's … Continue reading Thoughts on classic lit: Walden

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Random Grammar Tip #2

Grammar tips – brought to you by a random non-grammarian. We all struggle with grammar sometimes.  Texting is the most common venue for grammar fuck-ups and the worst is messing up: they're, there, and their.  I know the difference and yet sometimes quick fingers make a fool of me too. But, in case you don't … Continue reading Random Grammar Tip #2

Writer Problems: Still writing?

As writers, we face a lot of problems - intense Google searches, embarrassing Google searches, hours-long Etsy searches (I promise, this DOES have to deal with writing)... One problem is the dreaded (though actually supportive) question: "so, are you still writing?" <sigh> Maybe it's just a dreaded question for me lately, as I've fallen off … Continue reading Writer Problems: Still writing?

A Simple Favor and connection

I recently read A simple favor, a twisty thriller about the friendship of two women and the mysterious disappearance of one of them. I had a fair amount of feelings while reading this book - Unlikable characters with interesting stories to tell: I've always envied and wondered on how this can be done in my … Continue reading A Simple Favor and connection

NaNo WriMo’s Eve

Hello there, I'm dusting off the cobwebs of this blog to wish you a happy NaNoWriMo's eve. And while I'm at it, for all the non-writers out there, happy Halloween! But back to the topic at hand - NaNoWriMo. In case you didn't know, November is National Novel Writing Month. It's a chaotic time, when … Continue reading NaNo WriMo’s Eve

Are developmental edits worth it?

One of the most common questions we ask as writers is - how much editing should I do? We know first drafts are hardly ever (I don't want to say never, but really, pretty much never) fit for publication.  But how do you know when your work is ready (or even simply good enough)? I've heard other … Continue reading Are developmental edits worth it?

Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue

On writing dialogue I hear it in my writers' group often - there is a fear among many writers of failing at dialogue. And it's a valid fear. The worst thing, as a reader, is to come across something on the page that pulls you out of the moment (or worse, the story).  And dialogue, that tricky … Continue reading Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue

Agent Queries…

I did it.  I participated in the pitch slam this summer and got good feedback - including requests for the first 50 pages of my novel and a request for the whole thing. <Gasp!> I, of course, freaked out and spent the last month re-ediitng...but hey, that's how we writers work, isn't it? But tonight....tonight, … Continue reading Agent Queries…

Packs, support groups, beta readers, and drinking buddies

(The importance of finding your own "writer's pack.") I began my writing journey when I was in the fourth grade and teachers would assign writing exercises  - you remember, don't you? The ones where they give you a topic, like going to the moon, and you got to fill in all of the blanks?   Oh, after just … Continue reading Packs, support groups, beta readers, and drinking buddies