7In one month's time, Author Mentor Match opens to submissions for YA/MG writers with completed manuscripts. The program—AMM for short—matches unpublished writers with published and pre-published authors as part of a mentorship program. Watch the video below for more information straight from AMM's co-creator, Alexa Donne. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t-EvN49Y-w Submissions open October 19 and close October 24. … Continue reading #AMMConnect: Hopeful Bios
Often a mistake made by newer writers, head hopping is one of the most frustrating things to encounter as a reader. Its definition is simple--when the narrator switches between one character's point of view to another without preamble or a signal to the reader about the change.
There are multiple ways to distance the reader, but the biggest culprits are filter verbs. The next biggest culprit is a lack of connection to the main character. And the third can be POV. Let's knock these down one-by-one.
I bought a journal just for writing and I've been experimenting with layouts and ways to use it in my writing journey. Below, I've listed the pages in order of my writing process, from inspiration to plotting, writing, and then revision.
In the second half of 2016, I focused on my writing and craft more than anything else and ever before. The book I wrote from earlier that year was a mess of epic proportions, and even then, I submitted that clusterfuck of a novel to #PitchWars 2016 and subsequently to an editor to help me realize what the fuck was wrong with it. Spoiler alert: it was pacing, which honestly boils down to structure.
January 1, 2017, rolled into existence just five days ago and as new be
I’m revising, of course. But somehow the more I revise and think the more my brain seems to stretch. So on top of taking a developmental editing class with the incredible Rhay Christou and another editing class—Before You Hit Send— with Angela James, working my revisions, and learning all about literary agency PR as an intern for Inklings Literary Agency, I’ve been thinking about word sprints.
Word sprints are timed writing spurts with the goal of writing as much as you can, and resisting the urge to edit, usually in tandem with other writers. I did a few wordsprints on Twitter when I needed to do some background digging into my main character. The sprinting was great fun, and a wonderful way to connect with other writers while still being productive.
My brain pulled and twisted and folded the idea of word sprints… and I thought—why not make…
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Whenever you finish a round of edits, or a draft, or writing becomes a slog through the mud, then step back from your manuscript.
Whether you have a bullet journal (bujo) or not, these are some simple ways I like to track my writing habits and keep myself on-task. For the self-rewarding, there's no better feeling than checking something off your to-do list. Even if you added it for the sole purpose of checking it off immediately.
I thought I had found good critique partners (CPs) six months ago. I'd joined a writer community site, Scribophile, in October 2015, and I found a few like-minded people. We exchanged chapters, feedback, brainstormed solutions, and were generally cool to each other. These people were decent and definitely helped me become a better writer, but we … Continue reading Find the Right Critique Partners