It’s a known fact that most writers overwrite – and especially most newbie writers overwrite. I fully admit I’m one of those – I never have to worry about meeting a word quota, more that I’ll run way over it!
Now I adore big books as much as the next person does, but when it comes to writing I have to be super disciplined with myself. I’ve had stories rejected before because they were way too long. As I’ve previously mentioned, good, strong, concise writing always packs a punch, more so than flowery, descriptive passages. And when you manuscript starts running well over 10,000 words, that’s when you know it’s time to get the pruning shears out.
So how do we kill our darlings? Let us count the ways. READ MORE
I’ll be honest, I’ve been slacking off on blog prep for the last couple of weeks, mainly because I’ve been so consumed with the current WIP I’ve been working on. After a short dry spell where I just didn’t know where the story was going and I just wasn’t feeling it, I’ve suddenly (finally!) caught on fire and I’ve just been eager to write, write, write.
On the one hand, it’s good. It’s really good. Oh so very, very, very good to have my writing mojo on – there is nothing like the feeling in the world.
On the other hand, now that I’ve caught on fire, I don’t want to waste this elusive spark and so all I want to do is write. Which isn’t good for all my other life activities.
I just finished the first draft on the weekend and now I’m deep in the first editing round. So I thought it would be timely to share a blog post on the how-tos of editing a novel. READ MORE
All right, first up: when I heard this book was the story of the Goblin King, my first thought was, “Shades of Labyrinth.”
And, yes, for everyone who has grown up loving the David Bowie film, this is the book for you! S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong has met all my expectations and more. It’s a beautiful romantic tale and when I say romantic, I don’t just mean a love story, but also a story that embodies all the feels of the Romantic Era. READ MORE
A little while back I interviewed author Steen Jones about her upcoming debut book, The Doorkeeper. The book is due for release on February 20 and I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of the book to review! READ MORE