Adventures in France & Italy

Wow has the year flown by. Life became super busy about mid-year, and my blog unfortunately fell out of the loop. No worries, I’ll stay up to date from now on. Maybe I’ll even be good and start writing content ahead of time and scheduling them out (ha! I’m funny). Check out my next blog…

Jane Friedman’s “Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis”

If you haven’t heard of Jane Friedman, you need to look her up ASAP. She’s a celebrated person within the literary agency. Earlier this year at the San Francisco Writers Conference, I had the pleasure of attending the luncheon where she was a keynote speaker. Plenty of words of wisdom from this amazing woman. So…

First Line Test: Fiction Part 3

For this First Line Test Part 3, we’re covering some novels that were on the Fiction featured shelf at Barnes & Noble. Just a recap on why we’re even looking a these first lines: to help you discover what first lines work, which ones don’t, possible ways to improve, etc. It’s about growing as a writer…

Word Porn: Author Unknown

Word Porn’s Facebook page is on a roll. I’ve been reposting and sharing their quotes because they find just the right ones that connect to my soul. Ya know, that squishy, make believe part of you that makes you lightheaded and expels the air from your lungs when something profound connects with it? Yep. That…

When Agents Submit to Editors

Ever wondered what happens after an agent chooses to represent you? Fuse Literary recently released a blog post titled An Agent’s View of the Submission Process. This awesome blogpost details out the agent’s journey when readying and pitching your manuscript to editors. This article provides some excellent insights. Check it out in the link below: An Agent’s View…

Let’s Fall In Love

One of the best things about living, for me, is getting to know other people. And I’m sure you can see the connection between listening to other people’s stories and writing. The more you become aware of the journeys people take and truly understand the chapters of their lives, the more well-rounded and vivid your…

WoW Part 2: Finding Your Agent PIC

  When we finish a manuscript, it’s so easy to want to jump right in and start querying for an agent. But take a pause and do the most important thing first: CELEBRATE! You, you beautiful writer, just freaking created a whole new life, a whole new world. What’s on your screen, in your hands, printed in…

First Line Test: YA Part 2

All righty, the second part of the First Line Test series for my blog is now available! I apologize for the delay–have been on vacation in the beautiful country if Italy for the past two weeks. Blog post about my adventures will be posted soon–to include PLENTY of photos of beautiful landscapes and, my all…

Milestone Achieved! 

Wanted to mark this milestone. About a month ago, I accidentally deleted—well, overwrote—my fourth draft, losing major changes. It was heartbreaking and nausea inducing. I had my third draft, sure, so I wasn’t completely lost, but my third draft had errors that were fixed in my fourth and my fourth had new scenes and all…

Why writing…Why, oh, why

There are times when I’m staring at my manuscript that I wonder why I ever wanted to write a story, wonder why I continue to write and rewrite, wonder what the point of all this is.  Nights spent pouring over a single word/sentence/paragraph. Days with my story plotting around in my head. Headaches, frustration, sleepless nights,…

First Line Test: YA Part 1

Amidst posting advice from the writing conference I attended in February (which I have been slacking on lately—YEEKS!), I want to start a series of first line tests on featured novels at the bookstore. After posting these, I’d love to hear your feedback if the first line hooked you and why it did. The goal?…

WoW Part 1: YA Writing

These next few blog posts will center around the words of wisdom (WoW) shared at the SF Writers Conference. While I highly recommend attending a conference, sometimes it’s just not feasible—but that doesn’t mean you aren’t serious about your craft. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you aren’t just because you can’t attend. For this first…