(pulled from a note to a CP) My main focus for vocal depth is finding places that need a boost to elevate the prose from (blocking and action) to “literature.” Not just facts, but poetry. The first layer is “What’s a cooler/more interesting way to X…?” Second layer is “What’s a way to tie this […]
Read More Deep Prose and Clear Voice
Quick and dirty trick is REGULARLY pair a show with a tell, to clue the reader into why and what XYZ means.
Read More Character Connection Tools & Exercises
This is REALLY helpful if you’re ND like me, and your/your characters’ reasons for doing things aren’t the same as neurotypical people/characters expect.
Books are magic, and writers are wizards, and some spells do their work over time, space, and inside readers’ beings. None of this is easily or tritely quantifiable.
Read More The Time It Takes
Check her out, then support and adore her brilliance with me! https://lisellesambury.ca/
Read More Amazing Author Alert: Liselle Sambury
It’s emotionally risky, this writing business, so please respect your time, protect your energy, and cherish those CPs you hope to keep.
Read More Critique Partner Horror Stories: Red Flags & Relationship Ruins
I believe in the beta process the way toddlers believe in Bandaids. Betas make books better, and better books make happier readers who read more books. But what you get out of your beta, and where your story goes in revision, is up to you, not your readers.
Read More 5 Things To Do Before You Beta Your Book #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
If you get nothing else out of this review, go buy this book just to read this one page. If that doesn’t spike your curiosity, your Human may be malfunctioning. #sorrynotsorry
Read More Review: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus
When I get stuck on a writing project, it feels exactly like driving through fog—I can’t see far enough ahead to feel comfortable where I am, the clear road behind is as shrouded as the way forward, and there’s no telling when some swift insight will blow through so I can go back to “normal.”
Read More Four Ways to Write Through the Fog #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
Fair warning: Some of these lessons might be carryovers from 2016, while I was lurking and cheering on friends. And there are a gazillion great lessons to learn from a contest like Pitchwars, but these are mine for now (and counting!). Subjectivity in Story I thought subjectivity was something I fully understood. I’ve even *gulp* blogged […]
Read More Personal Lessons from #Pitchwars 2017 #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
Even if I tried to quit or take a break, it would hurt too, plus I’d fail, because . . .
I love it too much.
Read More When Losing Feels Like Winning #authortoolbox