Okay, if you have been following my Wattpad experience at all, you know I am still new to the site, but I have been chronicling my experience for anyone out there who is on Wattpad or is considering using the site. Last time, I talked about how to build a readership on Wattpad. Now, I… Continue reading Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad
I am a nerd, and I love world-building. I love coming up with all the little details and why the world is the way it is in my stories. But sometimes it can kill my writing. I have been stuck on a scene in my latest WIP for a couple weeks now. The story is… Continue reading Overthinking the Little Trouble Spots and Writer’s Block
I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on diversity for a large essay I am writing on Diversity in the Language Arts classroom. As I’ve been writing, I have been thinking a lot about how this relates to writing, my own fiction and the novels I read. You don’t have to look too far… Continue reading Diversity and the White Writer (Intentionality, A Diverse Cast, and Writing What You Know)
I wrote another piece a while back on an experience I had with a sketchy vanity publisher, while seeking publication for a novel I wrote. I received quite a few emails about it from other writers. Several of them asking if it had to do with another publisher we'd had mutual interaction with. So I… Continue reading Saying No to a Book Offer Pt. 2 (Author Mills and Bad Publishers)
Revision Reflections Part 2 In the early drafts of my novel, The Lingering Shadow, there were various elements to the story which I found very interesting, but as I was revising and redrafting, found that they slowed down my narrative significantly. Especially when I needed to trim things down. There is no better microscope… Continue reading Keeping Things Plot Specific
Writing the opening of a novel might well be the most daunting part of the entire beast. It is the part I have re-written more than any other as I have drafted my YA fantasy novel THE LINGERING SHADOW . It is the sample you send out to agents when you begin the even-more-daunting querying process. As… Continue reading The Opening (novel revision reflections – part 1)
Writer's Digest ContestAnyone writing YA manuscripts, here is a contest from Writer's Digest worth checking out. There have been publications that have come from previous contests, and a literary agent is the judge.
"Fiction is a gateway drug to reading… Once you learn that [reading is pleasurable], you are on the road to reading everything" - Neil Gaiman This is my first post on this particular site; as a writer you may guess that I've written elsewhere. And that quote is one of my favorites from one… Continue reading The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)