• Editing,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Mechanics,  Writing Journey

    Adventures In Editing

    Every time I’m in the editing cave, I learn something new about myself. This last go around, I’ve learned that I make a lot of mistakes when I write a story super fast. I know right. Who knew that could happen?! ­čśŤ This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – after all, this is what editing rounds are for, to fix stuff. The good thing is that the mistakes were all pretty minor, meaning I didn’t have to do any major restructuring. The other good thing is that they were sticking out pretty bad. The annoying thing is that there were so many of them! Here are some examples: Forgetting that…

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    Writing Multiple Point of Views + Winter’s Siren Release Day!

    Given how WINTER’S SIREN (out today!!) has two POVs, I’ve been thinking about how dual POV stories differ from single and other multiple POV stories. In 2011, I was working on a story that had four POVs and for some reason I thought a fifth POV was a good idea for two scenes. Ugh. Old me. HAHA. Anywho, two of the POVs took place in the past – everything was supposed to connect later in book two (again, ugh, old me!) – but I ended every one of those past POVs on a cliffhanger. Namely because I was breaking a complete story up into pieces. It would have been much…

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    Let’s Talk: How Long Does It Really Take To Write A Book

    There is a misconception in the writing world that if a book is written in under a certain time frame, say, one year, that said book can’t possibly be any good. Obviously, as a relatively fast writer, I used to find this mindset offensive. But then I started thinking: am I really that fast of a writer? Including everything from brainstorming to the final edit – how long exactly does it take me to write a book? Looking at my track record, I realized that maybe fast writing isn’t as fast as people think it is. I’m going to illustrate my example with the timelines from NO REST FOR THE…

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    Popular Books: Wish Fulfillment Edition

    Today, I’m going to talk about what makes movies blow up. Now, it’s extremely hard to predict when a movie will be a huge box office success. After all, Cassandra Clare is a boss in her own right, but the City of Bones┬ámovie was very hit and miss with people. It’s the same with a lot of book-to-movie adaptations. I don’t think that’s an accident. City of Bones was fun, but in order for a book to translate to massive box office sales, it needs to be more than fun. If people leave a movie or put a book down, and the experience left them feeling warm and fuzzy on…

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    Advice For Published Writers

    Today, we’re going to go with a bit of unconventional advice. #1: No one gives a crap how hard you worked on your book.┬á Sorry, not sorry to break to anyone who thinks anyone cares, but they don’t. And they shouldn’t. Once a book is out there, you have no control over what people think. People want a good experience. No one cares how many hours of research you did, if your family came over on the Mayflower and you have characters based around that, if you cried and bled all over the manuscript, if it helped you through a dark time, if it’s the book of your heart! NO…