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Second Person: Why I Used You In My Novel

Second Person: Why I Used You In My Novel

Second person address, “I-to-you,” is a fascinating and effective literary device, the most intimate point-of-view there is, but writers avoid it like a death knell. Most editors reject it. Not only that, it isn’t easy to pull off, especially in novel length stories. So why use it? Why have the narrator tell her story to […]

June 25, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Having an Affair With Your Writing

Having an Affair With Your Writing

Recently I completed my first young adult novel. As anyone writing a book can attest, it was a long slog. Personally, I wouldn’t have been able to complete it were it not for two creative sources of inspiration that rocked my world in a major way—Broadway’s Hamilton and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. Let me back […]

June 22, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Never Jump From A Moving Novel

Never Jump From A Moving Novel

Novel writing is a journey. We authors are the advance team who scout locations before the readers make an appearance. But we’re travelers first and foremost – into foreign lands, if we’ve the nerve to leave the familiar landscape of memoir. When I began writing, agents and editors cautioned that the craft had strict rules. […]

June 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Reading Out Loud: Tips on Public Readings

Reading Out Loud: Tips on Public Readings

I am currently crowd-funding a book of short stories called In The Future Everyone Will Be World Famous For Fifteen Minutes (Unbound Publishing.) Publishing a book this way means that I have to get people interested in the project before it is published rather than after. One way of letting people know about a book […]

June 16, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
On Openings

On Openings

After digging deep into the recesses of my mind and pouring out of ideas on a blank page or screen, what next? The gestation period is not completely over. I continue to create characters and plot as I write. That continual creative experience is vital to the way I work. For many writers, after this […]

June 13, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Five Unique Ways to Market Your First Book

Five Unique Ways to Market Your First Book

I gave birth to a book recently. It may sound cliche or ridiculous, or both, but to me it was real. Every stage of writing the book, from conception to publication, I likened to when I had my own babies. I felt the rollercoaster of emotions: excitement, anxiety and the flat out exhaustion to point […]

June 10, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
How To Find “The End”

How To Find “The End”

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. – Erica Jong Starting things is easy, right? Relationships, diets, runs, New Year’s resolutions – we dive in, full of enthusiasm. Of course we’ll stick to it. Of course we’ll see it through. Sadly, the finishing bit […]

June 7, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Tips for Author Blogs

Tips for Author Blogs

Last year, I wrote a column with three golden rules for author blogging. Here they are, in order of importance: (1) create relationships, (2) entertain your readers, and (3) sell books. The first rule is, by far, the most important. (Most of) Your blog posts must have as their main goal to create relationships with […]

June 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Five Negative Traits a Writer Needs

Five Negative Traits a Writer Needs

Some years ago now, the Bookseller printed a cartoon about the writer’s life. The first ten frames were identical: a figure hunched over a computer, alone. The eleventh showed the same figure at a signing mobbed with people, a camera-flash going off in his face, a microphone thrust under his chin. In the twelfth and […]

June 5, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Show Don’t Tell … What The hell?

Show Don’t Tell … What The hell?

Show, don’t freaking tell, people! Perhaps the most overused term in fiction editing right now. And I bet you’re bored of hearing it; fed up with checking out pretty much every single writing blog ever and seeing this advice; constantly wondering what the heck this stupid phrase is, and why it’s sooooo stupendously important. Sure […]

May 30, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More