MacGuffins

I recently learned a new word: MacGuffin.  To my writer friends: I know, I'm possibly the last writer to learn this word.  To everyone else, allow me to explain something I just learned about myself: A MacGuffin is something that moves the plot along, but by itself is not really important (or can be substituted … Continue reading MacGuffins

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How do you write?

Well, it's that time again.  We're in the midst of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where novices and experts alike try to write 50,000 words in one month. I wish I could say there are two kinds of writers - those who struggle to craft every word and those who write quickly and with a … Continue reading How do you write?

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

All Hallows’ Eve…of NaNoWriMo

Today, people will dress up in all kinds of costumes and go to parties and/or get free candy.  But writers... Well, writers embarking on the adventure known as NaNoWriMo will eye the clock, fingers will be poised over keyboards or over a well-loved notebook, waiting - Waiting for that month that embodies both a writer's … Continue reading All Hallows’ Eve…of NaNoWriMo

Sweet treats for writers

Since NaNoWriMo is around the corner, I've decided to compile a list of goodies for writers.  Feel free to add any ideas in the comments, as I'm always looking for gift ideas for my writer friends (and, if I'm completely honest, for myself). 🙂 1. Tools - I know that most people do a majority of … Continue reading Sweet treats for writers

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