Category: 1st Book – Getting off the Ground

#WriterClichés Desperately Seeking Solitude

I’m going up north to a remote cabin and holing myself up for over a week. No company, no heat, no running water. Just solitude, and I’m gonna crank out the finishing touches on my two novels. I lied a little. There will be heat in addition to the fireplace via an electric plug-in model,…


I #amediting know, knew, probably, seemed

This blog entry is for my good friend Kristen, who keeps me company with frequent texts while I’m editing, and keeps me positive with thoughts like, “What are you editing now? It was already good.” (Because she helped make it good with editing). Well, Kristen, since you asked, I hereby dedicate an entire SERIES of…


#rejection = #amediting

Turns out, getting turned down by a publisher is going to be the best thing that could have happened for this book. For my psyche, not so much in the short term, but it’s worth it for the sake of the art, and I’m sure I’ll recover. Yes—I had dreams of being the one author…


To Edit is Divine

I’ve seen numerous tweets from writers giving a half-comical “woe is me” at facing an afternoon of revisions. On the top five and top ten lists for being a productive writer, one thing is consistent: don’t edit your work. Get it all out, finish it, then go back. It seems like editing and revisions are…