Throughout most of my rough draft, discouragement was my biggest obstacle. And I thought, having completed a novel already, I wouldn't have the same discouraging thoughts bombarding me during my second book. Well, I was wrong.
For the past two weeks I've been in a cleaning frenzy.
How many words should a writer write in a day if they could?
Last week, the first publisher I submitted to rejected my novel.
A name is essentially the first impression your reader has of your character. So naming your character is important. Like, really important. How do you choose a name?
The problem I faced as I started in chapter one was I didn't have a solid plan for the first fifth of my book... As I wrote it, it felt boring. So, I switched it up and decided to write the end first.
Writer's block. All writers know the feeling. Sitting down to write, but the daunting view of the paper/computer screen/typewriter/etc leaves you paralyzed and wordless.
I bought a bottle of champagne part-way through writing the first draft of my book last year. So far, I've finished my first draft, I've finished three very serious edits, I've finished and sent it off to peers to read, and I've finished editing again. Have I opened that bottle of champagne?
Every time I read my manuscript again, I always find ways to make it better and things to fix or add. So how do I know when I'm done?
As I'm editing, and also as I'm getting feedback from others, I've noticed three words that getting rid of significantly improves my writing. Here they are.