IWSG Day: Writing Through Life (and doggy drama)

Writing Through Life (and doggy drama) The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. October’s Question is: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something? My answer is yes. Major life events can affectContinue reading “IWSG Day: Writing Through Life (and doggy drama)”

The Evolution of a Character (or a career)

I’ve lived my entire life with characters and stories in my head. Some were as original as anything can be while others were fan-fictions that never escaped my maze of a mind long enough to be put on paper. After watching  Xena: Warrior Princess, I’d run around the house with music blasting. The living roomContinue reading “The Evolution of a Character (or a career)”

Five Friendly Places that Pay for Fiction

Finding a place to publish a short story can be intimidating. Submitting a story  I’ve poured my soul into out to a literary magazine is scary enough without worrying about what happens to it once it lands in someone’s slush. And there are so many places that publish fiction. I have to think about thingsContinue reading “Five Friendly Places that Pay for Fiction”

Twitter Pitch Parties Are About More Than Just The Likes

When seeking an agent or publisher for a novel, I participate in every twitter pitch party I get the chance to. So far, no one “like” or “heart” has landed me an agent or a book deal, but I still participate. They help me figure out what agents like the kind of stories I write, andContinue reading “Twitter Pitch Parties Are About More Than Just The Likes”

Fantasy a No Go with This Years Students

Back in January, you may have seen my post about using novels instead of textbooks for my ENG101 and RWR090 classes. Two of the novels worked out okay, but one was a disaster. Feed by M. T. Anderson This semester’s 101 students weren’t as enthusiastic about Feed as last semesters, but after a rocky start,Continue reading “Fantasy a No Go with This Years Students”

How an editor made my day.

This year, I had high hopes for #DVpit. I’d just finished polishing a new manuscript. My query was in good shape. I’d struggled with my pitches, but thought I finally had them down. I scheduled them, went to work, and tried to not to sneak peeks at twitter between each student I tutored. My tryContinue reading “How an editor made my day.”

Beta Readers & Remembering my Characters are NOT me.

Good beta readers and critique partners are essential for writers, not just because they make individual manuscripts stronger, but also because they can make writers aware of problematic patterns. My beta readers often comment that my characters don’t react or show emotion to big things – like finding out demons exits, losing a loved one,Continue reading “Beta Readers & Remembering my Characters are NOT me.”

IWSG November: I will win NaNoWriMo!

November 1 question – Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published? Because I was so into national novel writing month, I completely forgot to blog on the first of the month with the Insecure Writers Support Group Question. Half way through the month andContinue reading “IWSG November: I will win NaNoWriMo!”

Book Deal = Happier than a Puppy Off- Leash

This blog post should’ve been up a few days ago, but with storms, a family member’s health issues, and the start of NaNoWriMo, I neglected to write it. However, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you probably already know the information I am going to announce. I signed a contract with NineStarContinue reading “Book Deal = Happier than a Puppy Off- Leash”