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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If You’ve Been Trying to Write Your Book for Years

If you've been working on your book for longer than two years, I'm going to be honest with you: you might have a problem. Maybe you're stuck at a certain point in the plot. Or you keep telling yourself that you will write tomorrow. Or you don't know if your story or book is worth…

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Facing my Fears

When I was a little kid, my favorite part of the writing process was printing out my book and reading it. Like the kid from The Christmas Story, I would read it and think it was A plus (plus, plus, plus) work. Fast forward to now. Yesterday, I had to read over my manuscript so I…

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A Writing Lesson from Ted Lasso

My husband and I are currently watching Ted Lasso because, as you know, when you think of a football coach working with a soccer team in England, you think of me. Okay, maybe not. But the show is heartfelt and kind, and there is a writing lesson in it. In one episode, Ted gives all…

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Writing Isn’t Selfish

You are not selfish for working on your book. I am really tempted to end it there because I think that would be super powerful (and also super true), but I think you probably need a bit more from me than that.  Look, I get it. I have the same thought myself sometimes. When you…

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A Writing Lesson from Animal Crossing

Like a good chunk of America, I have used Animal Crossing to help me get through this strange dystopian novel that we are currently living in. As I play the game, I can't help but notice one glaring issue with the game: some characters say the exact same thing as other characters.For example, if Judy…

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How an Editor Receives Edits

The other day, I received my edits from my editor (yes, everyone needs editors, even editors). I saw her email, and I immediately got sweaty palms like I was at a middle school dance, waiting for that pimply boy to ask me to sway along to Backstreet Boys with him. I think my heart will pound…

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A Writing Lesson from Whisper of the Heart

This past weekend, I watched one of my new favorite movies with my husband. It is called Whisper of the Heart. I had never seen it before, and now I am pretty much obsessed.Why? The girl in the movie was totally me growing up.She adores fairy tales and wants nothing more in life than to become a writer.…

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Does Your Book Matter?

A lot of people have been asking me the same question lately: With all that has been going on in the world right now, does my book still matter? Yes, yes it does. If anything, it matters more than ever. You know what has gotten me through this quarantine so far?  Books. I feel like…

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