NaNo Prep 2018: What I’ve Learned in 10 Straight Years of Participation

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It’s nearly that time again: National Novel Writing Month. Every November I and thousands of other writers challenge ourselves to write 50,000 words in just 30 days. It’s a big goal, and it’s really hard, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s also the way I draft best. I first learned about NaNo in 2004, which I failed miserably at. …

Pre-Order The Monster Novel Structure Workbook Now!

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It’s finally here! THE MONSTER NOVEL STRUCTURE WORKBOOK is available for pre-order, releasing on September 15, 2018! Beta readers agree, this book will change the way you novel. “I feel like I’ve won the novel-writing lottery! For the first time I feel like I have the tools and knowledge to do this thing; to actually see my novels to completion. …

#AMMConnect: Fall 2018

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In October Author Mentor Match (AMM) will open to submissions from YA and MG writers! The program matches unagented writers with published and pre-published author mentors who help with revision and career strategy. To learn more about AMM, like how it works and how to enter, check out the AMM website and follow hashtags #AuthorMentorMatch, #AMMfam, and #AMMparty on Twitter. Here’s what’s in …

Aeon Timeline 2: Tracking Frequency in the Relationship View Matrix

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I’ve used all kinds of tools to track things across the length of a manuscript. I’ve used giant pieces of paper, spreadsheets, and meta-data. But I think I’m in love with this one: Aeon Timeline 2. First, let me explain what I’m tracking and why. I have a bunch of characters in my WIP, and I want to make sure …

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How I Organize My Writing Files

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Seeing as I love spreadsheets, are you surprised that I keep my digital files relatively well-ordered? I just saw yet another post from someone lamenting that she’s working on Draft Number “FinalNoReallyThisTimeForSureIMeanItEtc”for the millionth time. I don’t do that, because I have a filing system. We’ll start with folders, then file names. Storage Home I use Dropbox, but there are …

Newsletter Transition & Query+1st Page Critique Offer! Enter by Mar 1

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This is the last blog post to go out to my mailing list as a newsletter-type-entry. Why? Because I’ve done some research and found that a newsletter–emails written specifically to be sent as a newsletter–are more popular than blog posts. Initially I thought I’d have enough overlap between what I posted and what I’d want emailed, but it turns out …

How to Process an Edit Letter (with spreadsheets)

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At some point in your writing career you’re going to be given an edit letter. Edit letters are what a publisher, editor, agent, or even a critique partner or beta reader, give you in addition to any notes they’ve made on the manuscript itself. It’s the prose where this person lays out the things they think are or aren’t working …

Trigger Warnings, Big Data, and Building a Better Search Engine

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There’s a lot of discussion these days about trigger warnings and how they should be handled. I don’t have any triggers, but I know some wonderful people who do. (Just like racism and homophobia, being a jerk can be cured by getting to know people.) I have a thought. A theory. A proposal, if you will. It’s about using technology to …

PenNames: a better name database

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Writers, this may sound familiar. You dream up a new character, and for a while it’s okay to refer to them in your head as ‘the dude’ or ‘heroine’ or ‘cat’, but eventually you run into that roadblock where you realize… I need to name these people. Happens every time. Around the same point where things start to ‘get real’, …

The Move: An Epic Saga of Familial Perserverance

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I should have a fairy tale for you today but that’ll have to wait. I’m going to tell you a different kind of fairy tale instead. It’s officially been one year since we left the US. Time flies. Sometimes it takes coach, like we did.  At the time I dutifully tried to live-blog the experience but now I can’t find …

Grimm 053: Little Snow-White

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This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

I know I said I wanted to look for unusual fairy tales, not the typical fare. But I learned a new factoid about this one over on Tor.com, which has some really great examinations of fairy tales, in their piece Charmed, I’m Sure: A Closer Look at Everyone’s Dream Prince. So let’s dive in. Source is pitt.edu. This is the Brothers …

Old Peter: The Silver Saucer and Transparent Apple

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This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

I was waiting until I could find my copy of Old Peter’s Russian Tales–a collection of Russian fairy tales as retold by a British visitor (Arthur Ransome, of Swallows & Amazons fame) with British children in mind–only to discover that it’s available for free in multiple places online. D’oh. I did find my book. Unfortunately, because of the nature of …

Second Place in the YARWA Rosemary Contest!

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All day I’ve been on tenterhooks. The last week has had an element of the surreal. The last month even more so. Today the winners and finalists for the Young Adult Romance Writers of America’s 2017 Rosemary contest were announced. My manuscript, IN HER OWN SKIN, won second place! (I’m sorry if you’ve never seen the Yatta video before. You …

Scrivener and Story Genius

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It’s well established that Scrivener is a great tool for writers. You might not be aware of how well it integrates with other writing tools and systems. For this, there are Scrivener templates. A template is a collection of Binder items that are arranged and pre-filled with content to help you on your way. I’ve downloaded many templates over the …

Grimm 108. Hans-My-Hedgehog

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This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

Holy cow, I was not expecting to stumble across this. I came across the mere mention of a “hedgehog princess” and immediately had to look it up. I didn’t find a hedgehog princess, but I did find a half-human hedgehog boy who marries a princess! Yes, this requires some explanation. Let’s begin. Source: Pitt.edu Summary Like so many fairy tale …

#RPmyBook: a chat for writers

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I realize I never made an announcement here, so here goes. I’m hosting a weekly Twitter chat for writers, called #RPmyBook. RP stands for role-play, and the idea is that writers answer questions as their characters would. What’s the benefit to writers? Character development, darling. Writers already spend a lot of time developing their characters, often with the help of …

I’m a finalist for the 2017 Rosemary Award!

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This is the second major good news of the last couple of weeks. I actually learned about it around the same time I got into #QueryKombat (Round 2 Entry), but didn’t want to say anything until finalists were announced. The Rosemary is an award given by the Young Adult Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America (YARWA), “for excellence …