Writing Short While Going Long

Writing Short While Going Long

Writing a book-length project takes a lot of planning, effort and time. Especially that time thing. But while you’re slaving away, how can you get your writing (and your name) out there? Here are some easy solutions. Writing Tip for Today:  To maximize your writing’s exposure while you’re working on a book, I use the […]

Banish Those Writing Demons

Banish Those Writing Demons

  I’ve just returned from a long writers conference in the beautiful redwoods of Northern California. I made some great connections, but I noted the disappointment many writers felt as their book “baby” was dismantled or outright rejected. I saw more than one writer who stared in disbelief at the incredible pile of work they […]

What Do You Take to a Writer’s Conference?

What Do You Take to a Writer’s Conference?

In the first part of April, I’ll be at a California Writer’s Conference. Of course, I’m excited to see old friends and meet new ones. But I’ll also be networking. Before I go, I must decide what I’ll be taking with me. Writing Tip for Today: How much and what kind of manuscripts should I […]

Writing Multi-layered Fiction

Writing Multi-layered Fiction

Every story features a character whose actions or inactions influence not only that character but those around her. In the best stories, these influences ripple outwards, to the character’s community, her ethnic group and out to the universe. These multi-layered stories tend to elicit the deepest reader emotional response. Writing Tip for Today: Writing multi-layered […]

Writing Short or Going Long?

Writing Short or Going Long?

Many of my novel writing students take years to produce their polished draft. Others rush the manuscript to self-publishing. Both of these kinds of students face the same problem: How do I get my name known? Writing Tip for Today: How can newer writers gain an audience and build their reputation? Avoid Selling: Engage Isn’t […]

Make Writing Dreams Come True

Make Writing Dreams Come True

I get a lot of newsletters and pitches in my in-box that claim writers can achieve their dreams if only they believe they can. I almost always chuckle. Is that like saying that Florence Foster Jenkins (the real life wanna-be opera singer played by Meryl Streep) could sing like a nightingale all because she thought […]

Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

A good critique can open your mind to creative solutions and set your writer-self on fire. But not-so-helpful feedback can stall your project or even discourage you from writing at all. Writing Tip for Today: I don’t believe in “writer’s block,” but I know how it feels to be stalled or so discouraged you start […]

How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

The last two posts have discussed some of the ways writers benefit from good critique, as well as things to watch out for. Today, let’s go through what a good critique session might look like. For the purpose of this post I’m imagining a group of serious writers who seek traditional or self-publication. Writing Tip […]

Good Writing or Good Reading?

Good Writing or Good Reading?

After the last two posts about critique groups (needing one and finding one), I want to stress a couple of important points, especially for writers new to the craft or those still chasing publication. Writing Tip for Today: What’s the difference between excellent writing and excellent reading? Nothing and Everything First, excellent reading is almost […]

A Good Writing Critique Is Hard to Find

A Good Writing Critique Is Hard to Find

Since last week’s post on critique groups I’ve heard from writers who are frustrated in trying to find a good working group. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss a few more ideas surrounding finding and joining a critique group. Meeting Decorum How the meeting is run has to be one of the important components of […]