How I Wrote a Book in Two Months

So I did a thing. I wrote a book in two months. I know, I know. It's not in a month because it's not November. But still. People seem to think it's a big deal that I got a 68k novel done in two months. To be honest, with no false humility, I think it…

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Why You Need to Write Your Book Now

Last week, for the first time in forever, I got to go to a local art gallery. I saw the most incredible things: a sculpture where it only looks a man is being carried if you look at the shadow it cast on the wall, a watercolor that I stared at for literally fifteen minutes…

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How to Go Pro

When I was a kid, the first day of school was always a big deal for me. I wanted to make a great impression after the summer. I would agonize over the perfect Lisa Frank notebook at the store and carefully ponder the perfect pattern for my pencils (flowers were always a safe bet, but…

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A Writing Lesson from Euphoria

I've recently really gotten into the show Euphoria. I know I'm late to the party, and I know it's not for everyone (it can be super hard to watch), but it's so good.  What made the show amazing? A ton of things, but I think what drew me to the show the most was Rue narrating the characters'…

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Your Book is Not a Hobby

So many people come to me and say something along these lines about their books: It's okay if it only sells a few copies. I'll be okay if my family and friends read it.It's not that serious. It's more a hobby. I really have a job doing [fill in the blank Mad Libs style.]I know…

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The Room Where It Doesn’t Happen

We've all been there. We are stuck in our office (or wherever we decide to write), and we keep staring at the screen as if a disembodied face will appear and tell us that our writing is the fairest of them all.  I hate to tell you this, but it isn't going to happen.  If you…

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A Writing Lesson from Your Name

Last week, my husband and I watched Your Name. It's a story about a young girl and boy who swap bodies and what happens as a result of this connection. The story is funny and moving, and you should absolutely watch it.But you know what really won me over?The animation.But there was something about the animation…

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A Note from the Trenches

So, as some of you might know, I'm currently revising my own book for querying. I am knee-deep in it. I'm going to be querying it in April so I'm at the "think about it so much that I dream about it" stage.  As an editor, you think that the revision process would be easier for…

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The Most Important Type of Editing

Am I bit nervous about writing this email because it may be controversial?  Yes? But has fear of controversy ever stopped iconic artists like Madonna?  No. So I'm going to take a cue from the blonde pop princess and live my truth boldly. The most important type of editing is developmental editing. Not copyediting or…

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How Your Writing is Like a Pig

Once upon a time, I was in my early twenties. I don't know about you, but my early twenties were rough. It's a period where not only you don't have your life together, but everyone around doesn't either. So everyone is stumbling around in the dark, trying to figure out how to get a job…

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