WIP

We all have our work-in-progress project on the front or back burner. This inspiring article is a good reminder to stay on track.

The idea comes to you in a flash of brilliance. The plot, the setting, the characters all jumble together like a kaleidoscope of words just waiting to be brought into focus by you. You eagerly sit down in front of the computer, fingers poised over the keyboard and a fresh, blank document open on the screen.

Is there anything better than starting a new story? All of that promise just waiting to be realized fills a writer’s heart with joy.

But what happens all too frequently is that the new idea comes knocking at the door when you’re in the middle of your current work-in-progress (WIP). It’s hard to keep plodding on the manuscript you’re with when a new love comes to town. Read more.

Nancy

Edits

Editing is so important in the writing process.

We like to call them edits. Or perhaps macro-edits, if we want to sound crafty. But sometimes, they are simply re-writes – a ponderous process to push the story where it should have already been.

I’ve just been through a bout of these and it was a humbling experience. I tried to push myself and attempt/accomplish new things in my next story. Some I pulled off and others needed to be revisited – or rewritten. Learn more.

Nancy

Writing Pitfalls

As writers we all have areas we need to work on to make our writing stronger. This article provides some helpful tips to improve our skills.

I went to the White Sox home opener last Saturday, which they won after having lost all their earlier away games. As with everything else in life there are wins and losses for writers. But spring is a visual metaphor for reawakening opportunity for you. Opportunity that includes writing contests and the prospect of pitching your projects at conferences. Your self-evaluation of the following problem areas will help you to avoid common writing pitfalls that sabotage your book.

The hook isn’t strong enough and/or your book is too similar to what is already out there. Learn more.

Nancy

Proofread

Proofreading is essential for the writer. This article discusses several good tips on editing.

I was asked to proofread a newsletter this week. Because it had already passed through two sets of professional editorial eyes, I doubted I would find anything wrong, but I agreed to give it another pass because over the years I have learned it’s always good to check, recheck, and then check again.

Your manuscript goes through three stages of editing in most traditional publishing houses. The first is the developmental, or macro, edit. Big-picture issues such as plot, POV, and character development are addressed here. The second and third stages are the focus of today’s discussion. Learn more.

Nancy

Book Blurbs

As writers we need to know how to write short blurbs about the stories we create. This featured article tells us how.

First of all, can we talk about how the word “blurb” is kinda funny? I mean, say it enough times and it sounds like you’re trying to mimic an animal. What animal, I don’t know. Nor do I know why a person would sit around saying “blurb” over and over.

But still. Read more.

Nancy