I'm sure that some of you authors-in-training are out there asking yourself this question and it is a legitimate one; especially if you have been chiseling away at your craft, learning the business, reading in your genre, watching Twitter posts and participating in a myriad of workshops, pitch wars and all that is the writing… Continue reading Why Keep Going?
So today I want to talk about voice. We hear it so much as authors. Voice. The book 'just has to have it', the agents say. But you might ask, 'what is it exactly? Don't all characters have a voice, after all, they are talking?' True, but just having a character talk is not voice.… Continue reading Voice is Everything
We writers love to wax poetic about the industry and our place in it and in this post I am no exception. Today I feel compelled to discuss the recent surge of writers who are chasing the agent's dream rather than their own. What I mean is, some writers are so anxious to get published… Continue reading Feeling the Void Not Just Filling it
One of the things I am both excited about and frustrated by is the process of revelation. My new book examines a more serious subject than my first and as it is progressing I am seeing how all the elements fit together in a different way. First of all I decided to write this book… Continue reading What I’m learning about my book
Lately I've been contemplating POVs. Should I write the protag in 1st and stay in his perspective or should I write him in 3rd and allow the reader to see inside a few other heads from chapter to chapter? Most of the books I've read caution against head jumping and I get that. It's jarring… Continue reading 1st or 3rd?
Yes I said it. I love my rejection letter. Not just because it is my first rejection letter for my first MG novel, but because I actually RECEIVED a letter. Some authors agonize over never hearing from the object of their desire. Others hear only words that spurn their affections. But I. I not only received… Continue reading Why I love my rejection letter
Now that I've finished my first MG book and sent out my first query, I await the forthcoming rejection. However, I am not afraid and look forward to placing it as the first in my inevitable stack that will prove that I've arrived. Honestly, that's a lie. No one wants to be rejected, but we… Continue reading Querytopia: Are you there yet?
Do you remember the day you discovered the Internet? I do. I was working for a graphic designer and he had a computer. A computer I had access to use. In those days, you had to load 10-20 square disks to install a program, such as Ami Pro, WordPerfect, or Quickbooks. Now it all happens… Continue reading How Far We’ve Come
For those of you who actually care, here are the answers to our mini-drivers test, according to the Georgia Department of Driver Services:1) If a school bus is stopped in front of you on a 2-lane highway, with a solid yellow line is it legal to pass?Answer: Passing is prohibited on two-lane roads in areas marked… Continue reading Driving Test Answers
Is it just me or are drivers less and less aware of the rules of the road? I commute 60 miles a day and I can't believe some of the idiotic behaviors I witness on the road. So I'm going to give you a little test to see how much YOU know about driving. 1)… Continue reading Could You Pass A Driving Test?