• Creative Writing 101,  Editing

    Editing 101: On Objectivity…

    So today, we’re going to talk about objectivity in writing. People often treat their art like it’s their baby. They see it as perfect and beautiful and wonderful and great just because they created it. I understand this mentality. Who doesn’t treat their novels like this at some point? There’s a reason I don’t draw very much. There’s a point in the drawing (and I mostly do portraits so I’ll reference that) where the subject looks like a great big mess. They might even look alien. And since this isn’t what I’m going for, I wonder if maybe I should just give up and scrap it. Then I fill in…

  • Editing,  Writer's Block

    On Decluttering…

    I’ll be honest. I LOVE editing. But the thought of it scares me crazy. I look at this novel that I’ve just written and there’s so much I need to tweak and change and jerk and delete and add and it’s all so very overwhelming. Then I look at my life and I think, “This is ALL overwhelming!” So on days I couldn’t focus, I went through my emails and deleted and filtered and unsubscribed. I’m still filtering and deleting, but it’s been so amazing to have a mere fraction of the total emails in my inbox that I’m used to getting. And it made me realize how much time…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Editing

    Editing 101

    I think one of the skills all writers need to have is the ability to edit their own work. This isn’t to replace professional editors, freelancers, or your critique partner. It’s to help them help you better. Because when you’re trying to help someone, little things really add up and get in the way. For example, and the most obvious one, grammar mistakes. An occasional mistake is understandable, but every single line? No. It is not time well spent for your CP or editor to have to stop every three minutes to fix things you should have already fixed yourself. The only time it’s okay is when it’s just your…

  • Query Letter,  Writing Journey

    I Have A Theory…

    Self-Doubt in Writing: This has come up a lot during this last story. Self-Doubt will rear it’s pointy beak and threaten to pinch me with it. But after wasting a month earlier this year listening to it talk trash to my face, I decided to try something new: listening to my instincts instead. I have a theory that I’m actually a really good writer. ^_^ If this is true, then if I listen to my instincts, I can only be heading in the right direction. Two years ago (thanks in part to encouragement I got from a friend) I got this crazy notion. I was going to make a medieval/renaissance/Juliet-style…

  • Editing,  Query Letter,  Story Graveyard,  Writing Journey

    Editing & The Query Process

    Sometimes I feel like I suck. Sometimes I go through, “I’m a genius!” and “Wow, I really stink at this.” in the same day. The query letter is going nowhere. I keep staring at, thinking that maybe it will suck information out of my head and write itself. I’m specifically getting hung up on the ending. It’s not like I’ve never tried to do any of this before. It’s because I have that’s stressing me out. I have 250 words to tell the agent why my story is great and fabulous and while I believe this to be true *insert Cheshire grin here* if I fail at convincing them of…