My “practice” novel is almost to the midway point. I’ve been slogging through the past few chapters of A Voice from the Past as my characters face some emotional changes. They seem true to life in their expressions and quandaries, but somehow, at least to me, I want more from them. More action, more depth, … More What Would My Characters Do?
After a few trusted author sources recommended I find an agent, I began the search last month. I printed a list of recommended literary agencies off Michael Hyatt’s website, and proceeded to examine each agency website. Thoroughly. Even though I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking for. I pray as I search, so I guess … More Finding an Agent
On Christmas Eve I received a great gift. The three critiques for the second novel I entered in the ACFW First Impressions contest arrived in my inbox. As my wonderful husband predicted, they were far more positive than my first novel’s scores. I didn’t expect that—I mean, I’m the same writer, right? How could two … More Encouragement for Writers
I didn’t win the writing contest. Not that I expected to win. Truly! I entered more for the experience and the input from the judges. My desire to become a better writer motivated me to take the plunge and humbly accept any criticism offered. I am thankful for the three judges who read and critiqued … More How to Deal with Discouragement
I wrote my first novel in high school. Well, okay, so I didn’t exactly write an entire novel; it was more like twenty pages and a little character development. The idea, birthed from my addiction to romantic fiction, sprang from my pencil (yes, pencil) onto the lined pages of my spiral bound notebook (my writing … More Writing a Novel
There is so much great information out there! Sometimes abundant good advice can be hard to sort through. I don’t know about you, but my mailbox is loaded with tips on writing, grammar, blogging and marketing. It’s easy to feel saturated and a bit bloated by it all–a little like you may have felt yesterday … More Throwing Out a Lifeline
It finally happened. I have nothing to write about. Oh, I’m working on three different projects with another fifteen lined up on a waiting list, but for my blog? Zilch. Writing something simply to create a post seems so, so…lame. I long to be helpful, encouraging, informational to others, not a wielder of words for … More What Does a Real Writer Write?
The time has come. A little over a year ago, after hearing about the book I was writing, an author friend suggested I find an agent. I didn’t feel ready. In fact, I felt completely inadequate as a writer with so much more to learn, that while I felt encouraged by her advice, I simply … More The Dreaded Book Proposal
In March of 2011, at the Mt Hermon Christian Writers Conference I met an author, and my life was changed. Sitting in the front row (because I’m like that), I took copious notes and listened in awe as Mary DeMuth shared the various ways she had learned to make money as a writer. Mary’s name … More A Shout Out
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a titled one worth? This week while browsing some published author sites, I hovered over a picture on a particular site. The author was huddled with someone in an interesting setting, and I hoped to be enlightened as to the identity of both the … More A Little Tip With a Big Difference