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 The program—AMM for short—matches unpublished writers with published and pre-published authors as part of a mentorship program.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.
This is my first cover reveal for a great pillar of the SFF community, Michelle Hauck's FAITHFUL, and I can't help but feel I'm checking off a necessary step in my journey to become an author. I hope I can provide this kind of support to my critique partners and writer friends as I continue … Continue reading FAITHFUL Cover Reveal
Whenever you finish a round of edits, or a draft, or writing becomes a slog through the mud, then step back from your manuscript.
Exposition, as a literary device, is defined as "the part of the story... in which the characters are introduced, the background is explained, and the setting is described." Many definitions claim that exposition takes place at the beginning of a story, but that's not necessarily true as there are entire lifetimes of backstory to mine for each character, as well as the world of the story.
There is a difference between helpful and constructive feedback and pretentious condescension. Learning where the line lies is one of the most valuable lessons you can achieve as a writer. And I still struggle with it. You've finished your work, and hopefully have revised to your writer heart's satisfaction. To the point where you dread … Continue reading Feedback’s a Tricky Wench
Some things I struggle with as I write. And trust me, every writer has their demons they try to hide behind pretty words and a smile.