Writing went well this week, save for one day spent mapmaking after realizing how poor my spatial reasoning skills are. If like me, spatial reasoning is not your strong suit, I might suggest basing your characters' navigation descriptions off existing blueprints and adjusting as necessary, rather than struggling to describe where you think they're going … Continue reading Odds & Ends 11/6-11/12
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Well, with one week left, it's looking less and less likely that I'll hit my word count goal for this month. I'm not taking it too hard, though. I set an ambitious goal (basically calculated hitting my peak work pace every single day) for July, and I've had some very productive days, and I hope … Continue reading Odds & Ends 7/17-7/23
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Assembling your team of beta readers is kind of a big deal. After all, these are the people whose opinions and knowledge you're going to let shape the future of your story and you as a writer, so you can't choose just anyone. Think carefully about what each potential reader brings to the table in … Continue reading Choosing Your Team: Beta Readers You Want (And Some You Don’t)
As I was organizing my queries this week, it occurred to me that others might benefit from some of my research. This merely scratches the surface, but if you're just starting out on that part of your writing journey, consider this a fast pass as to your next steps and some of the better and … Continue reading So, You Say You’ve Finished a Manuscript
Waiting is hard. Whether it's waiting on responses to query letters, feedback from beta readers or critique partners, or completely non-writing related waiting, like those of you who put up the countdown to Christmas on December 27th. Here are some ideas on how to pass the time if you're in a season of waiting, without … Continue reading The Waiting Game
Not much to report this week: a bit of editing, bit of reformatting, bit of outlining. Not a lot by itself, but each job makes its respective project a little more than what it was before. I like outlining new ideas. The creativity tends to snowball as the idea forms, with bits of dialogue and … Continue reading Odds and Ends 4/3-4/9
It's been a slow week, progress-wise; a very fast week, in terms of already being Sunday. I've been updating my agent research, checking whose open to queries right now, submission guidelines, correct email addresses, that sort of thing, so it's not like nothing is happening. I've also done a lot of driving this week, which … Continue reading Odds & Ends: Driving Miss Dazey
I did it. I actually drafted a query letter this week. As I predicted in my last post, once I actually sat down to do it, it wasn't that painful. I just needed the space and the quiet for my mind to focus and commit to the task (and to run out of things to … Continue reading Odds and Ends 1/30-2/5