The Writer as an Editor

Love it or hate it, editing is an important part of every writer’s role. If you’re like me, 75% of time spent on a manuscript will be refining, be it through rewrites, edits, proofreading, or tweaking after feedback. Today at When Readers Write, I’m blogging about The Writer as an Editor. In my post, I shareContinue reading “The Writer as an Editor”

Hard Decisions

Today, I declined an offer I’ve always dreamed of accepting. Two months ago, when I received the email with the writing-related offer, I was flattered and excited, but for various reasons, it was not possible for me to immediately accept. There was a difficult decision before me. It was as if I’d been walking along the writer’sContinue reading “Hard Decisions”

When the Words Won’t Come

One of my favorite quotes from Einstein was the speech he gave at a college banquet: “I have nothing to say.” All too often, writers are expected to have much to communicate. To be able to churn out something epic on demand. But all too often, the words aren’t there, often when we need themContinue reading “When the Words Won’t Come”

Over at WRW today…

My post “The Melody Between Words” is featuring on When Readers Write today. Hope you can stop by! While you’re there, take a look at some of the other posts by WRW’s authors. The group blog has been up and running since the beginning of April, and there’s a great variety of topics for readers and writers alike. If you stop by,Continue reading “Over at WRW today…”

One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion

Not long ago, someone asked why I chose to pursue writing. Responses for how, when, and where came to mind, but why was more elusive. After a moment’s consideration, the only way I could describe it was: “It was one part calling, another part compulsion.” Eric Liddell, portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire, said, “I believeContinue reading “One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion”

To Outline, Wing It, or Both?

It’s said there are two types of writers: those who work methodically off an outline and those who write by the seat of their pants, guiding their characters into the unknown with pen, paper, and intuition their only provisions. Another type that is commonly overlooked is the hybrid. In a world of logical classification, they areContinue reading “To Outline, Wing It, or Both?”

No Choice in the Matter

“What made you choose that?” The question made me smile. The gentleman next to me didn’t ask it in a rude way. Maybe because I don’t seem like someone who’d be interested in the textile mill industry in late-1800s Philadelphia, he genuinely wanted to know why I’d chosen it for the background of my story.Continue reading “No Choice in the Matter”

Why Some Books Make Me Wonderfully Dissatisfied

I like to say that the best books are the ones that make you dissatisfied with your own mediocre existence. I have had the privilege of reading some very good books over the past year. It was not a year in which I could boast a long list of books read, but the small stack I did readContinue reading “Why Some Books Make Me Wonderfully Dissatisfied”

Giving Goals a Fighting Chance

Happy New Year! The beginning of a fresh year reminds me of a blank notebook. Empty pages have always filled me with inspiration, and in regards to the new year, I’m looking forward to seeing how each new page of 2014 will be filled. Of course, this is the time of year for resolutions. Love ’emContinue reading “Giving Goals a Fighting Chance”

The Color Red: the Brighter Side

When I counted every person who had critiqued the chapter I blogged about last week, I calculated twenty. Never before have I had that large of a critique group, and never before has my writing changed so drastically from start to finish. Over two months ago, before another pair of eyes had seen that chapter,Continue reading “The Color Red: the Brighter Side”