For the past two weeks I've been in a cleaning frenzy.
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?
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.
Getting back into the grind of writing is difficult for me when I've traveled somewhere that has put my emotional headspace to different use.
I joined a weekly writing group, and it was the best decision I've made all year.
Looking over the sea from a Greek island with a group of strangers. Some moments are too beautiful to keep to yourself.