What to Do After Attending a Writing Conference
Jun 02, 2021
Writers attending conferences tend to react to the experience in one of two ways: despair or elation.
Words of Wisdom for Weary Writers
Apr 07, 2021
We're all weary. At least I am.
Time to Snag an Agent
Mar 03, 2021
Agents are eager for good work they can sell (after all, that's how they make their living). But why, then, are they so incredibly hard to reach?
Are You Ready to Query Agents?
Jan 06, 2021
Do your pages match your pitch?
Can an Editor "Fix" Really Bad Writing?
Dec 02, 2020
Editors often see projects at radially different stages of development. Truthfully, we sometimes see writing that is really, well, bad.
Being a "Good Enough" Writer is a Brilliant Strategy
Oct 07, 2020
All writers are a crazy mixture of egotistical, manic, single-minded, optimistic on the one hand and...
Get Inspired: Time to Strategize for Writing Success
Sep 02, 2020
Are you finding it hard to write? We live in deeply unsettling times, and it's easy to get distracted by all that's going on in the world.
Reading Novels While Writing Novels: Yes or No?
Aug 05, 2020
I'm amazed by writers who stop reading in their genre while writing their own books.
Launching a Book During an Epidemic
Jun 03, 2020
For those of you reading this who haven't yet published your first book, I'm sure you've dreamed about your book launch.
What You Need to Nail in the First Pages of Your Book
May 06, 2020
Last month, feeling unmoored and wanting to build community during self-isolation, I launched something I called #fivefreepages.
What Writers Do in Times of Crisis
Apr 01, 2020
I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.
Research While Writing: Handle With Care!
Mar 04, 2020
Today, March 4, is the official Boston launch of my second novel, This Terrible Beauty.
Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?
Feb 05, 2020
How long does it really take to write a book? From beginning the first draft to seeing it on bookshelves?
It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions
Jan 01, 2020
Last year, I didn't make any New Year's resolutions.
What I Learned from Editing
Dec 04, 2019
In the past few years, I've done an enormous amount of editing.
Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors
Nov 06, 2019
The first time you publish a book, it’s a pretty surreal experience.
On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"
Oct 02, 2019
I write a lot, more true than this list even makes it sound, because so, so, SO much of my writing goes nowhere.
Ten Writing Rules That Will Improve Your Life
Sep 04, 2019
Stick to a daily word count. Take more writing classes. Write twenty more queries. Yada Yada.
How to Survive Writing a Book: The Rollercoaster of Engagement
Aug 07, 2019
It recently occurred to me that writing a first draft is not unlike revitalizing a room.
How to Know When to Quit Your Novel
Jul 03, 2019
Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?