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.
Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA
One angle of the most iconic view in the desert city.
Spring Cleaning My Life
For the past two weeks I've been in a cleaning frenzy.
Does A Magic Word Count Exist?
How many words should a writer write in a day if they could?
When I was growing up, Crayola had a contest to name crayons. My favorite was "Purple Mountains Majesty." These mountains aren't purple, but they are breathtaking-ly majestic.
Round 1: Rejected
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?
Writing the End… First
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.
3 Ways I Overcome Writer’s Block
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?