Why Writers Should Consider Revising Slower To Improve Manuscript Quality
There are plenty of fast writers out there that can rival Stephen King’s ability to complete any manuscript length in three months. Many aspiring authors, debut novelists, and those trying to land book deals get inspired by King and other fast writers. The one thing we all forget is that the man’s been writing since 1967!
Fifty-five years is longer than some of us have been alive. I mention King because he’s one of my all-time favorite authors. His writing advice is a favorite in the #writingcommunity. Many writers turn to King’s well-known memoir “On Writing” and dogmatically attempt to practice his advice on how much time a first draft should take.
“The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season,” King has famously advised.Read the rest of this entry »
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Fail Loudly. Win Silently.
Losing is key to personal growth, character building, and even success. I think without our losses, it’s impossible to taste victory. Imagine if there were no such thing as tears. Imagine a world without pain, without struggle, without rejection, without losing. While this might sound like Utopia or maybe even some old Star Trek episode, there’s a sense of wrongness to it. Without pain, we’d never grow, and without growth we can’t fully appreciate the sweetness of winning. Read the rest of this entry »
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#WritingCommunity: Which POV & Tense Is Better? Third or First Person? Past or Present Tense?
Heading into the New Year, we all love the feeling of starting out fresh. Who doesn’t want a new beginning? The start of a New Year can also mean getting out of our comfort zone. For writers, the first thing that comes to my mind is tense. Are you considering writing in a different tense or POV this 2019? Read the rest of this entry »
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Chasing The Dream: My Experience With Writer’s Conferences
I’ve been MIA because I was writing so much for a contract. Let’s just say I pumped out over 80 articles, most being almost 1,000 words long. Add those up and you get 80,000 words, which is roughly the length of an average novel. Read the rest of this entry »
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If You Want To Traditionally Publish Your Novel, Don’t Self-Publish
Note: I apologize in advance if I sound too direct in this post. I am on a 3-day juice fast because, I’m fat. Yes, 145 pounds at 5’2″ is fat. So, I’m hungry and a little grumpy.
Counter to my own beliefs on self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I found out the raw truth behind the challenges. A while back, I wrote a popular post on To Self-Publish or Not Self-Publish, as I was conflicted on the big debate. Traditional publishing is what most aspiring authors hope to achieve. I say aspiring authors because we’re all professional writers, but an author is published. I know this sounds very elementary but many writers get it wrong. Read the rest of this entry »
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