Where Writers Get Stuck: Editing and Revising

Welcome to Part 3 of our Where Writers Get Stuck mini-series, inspired by this Twitter poll. Be sure to check Part 1 and Part 2 for solutions to planning and drafting problems. Today is where we put on a different hat, going from writer to publisher. Don’t freak out. We’re using the term “publisher” loosely.…

Where Writers Get Stuck: Drafting

Welcome to Part 2 of our blog mini-series on where writers get stuck, based on this poll I took on Twitter. We started with Planning, though today’s topic is closely related – so closely, in fact, that Dan combined them in his response to Part 1. Drafting issues are often the result of planning issues.…

Where Writers Get Stuck: Planning

I took a poll on Twitter last week. My idea was to take the “winning” category and blog about it. You can see Drafting came out ahead, but you can also see the number of votes was rather low. So while it looks like Drafting came out significantly ahead, it’s probably only one or two…

Do Women Authors Benefit From Using Initials?

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. Twitter and other social media platforms teemed with memories and thoughts about the series and its author, J. K. Rowling. There’s an inspirational “keep on keeping on” story about how many times Rowling was rejected by agents and publishers before someone…

When Setting Becomes Character

I went to the coolest place today. These displays are part of the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery. They are a vast collection of the artist’s work, set up in a miniature city called Magic Town. I’m sharing the experience with you because one thing (or rather thousands of little things) kept me glued to…

On Being A Writer – Guest Post by Jaye Marie

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Jaye Marie, author of Broken Life.  I hope you enjoy her story of how she became a writer, and if you enjoy mystery/thrillers, be sure to check out the links at the end. Take it away, Jaye! I had no intention of becoming a writer. I loved to read,…