NaNoWriMo: My Top 5 Sneaky Tips and Tricks

(NaNoWriMo logo in header courtesy of National Novel Writing Month). NaNoWriMo approacheth, and if this is your first year tackling the challenge, it can seem pretty daunting. Fifty thousand words? In 30 days? But there are a few ways to make it easier on yourself and to improve your chances of success. There are a …

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5 Things NaNoWriMo Taught Me

(Logo in header courtesy of National Novel Writing Month). So it's October, which means the writing community is in a pre-NaNoWriMo tizzy of planning, anticipation, and hype. If you're new to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it's a month-long challenge to draft a 50,000-word novel over the 30 days of November. I've participated in NaNoWriMo …

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Glossary of Publishing Terms and Abbreviations

In publishing, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of industry jargon and abbreviations. I've listed some of the most common ones here. Acquisitions: This is a phase in the manuscript purchasing process, when the acquiring editor pitches your book to others at their publishing house in order to convince them …

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Using Key Traits to Create Complex Characters

First, a disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with the Character Trait Thesaurus books I'll be using in this article, and I haven't been compensated for endorsing them. I just really love using them as a resource. Character development. There are worksheets galore on the internet, varying from ones that ask about a character's favorite …

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The “How I Got My Agent” Post

The short version: good, old-fashioned querying. The long version? Well, that's a little more detailed. First we have to go back a little. The book that my agent signed was the second I queried (though far from the second I completed). I'd previously queried another novel, though not very widely. When I queried my first …

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My Querying Self-Care Checklist

Querying is a rough ride. In a single day, you could receive a full request, a couple of query rejections, and a partial rejection. In fact, it often feels like some cosmic coincidence causes a deluge of responses all in the same afternoon. https://media.giphy.com/media/I6nxG7f3h7qww/giphy.gif [GIF: Rollercoaster] While living in the query trenches, self-care becomes extra …

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