How to Survive in Publishing

This is from Jackie Ashenden’s tweet that’s 100% spot on. This is exactly what I needed today after almost giving up on my holiday story again last night. I especially love the one about failure being not just a possibility, but a certainty. Been thinking about this publishing business of late and have decided toContinue reading “How to Survive in Publishing”

On Writing: What’s Essential?

I found this Twitter thread that’s so valuable that I have to park it here before it disappears into the depths of my newsfeed: It's your story, and only you can say, in the end, what's necessary. Is it only plot-related stuff? Maybe. Or maybe there's an emotional core you're building. Maybe a poetic structure.Continue reading “On Writing: What’s Essential?”

What Is So Bad About Romance Novels?

I guess when I screenshot this last night, everyone at the offices of Bon Appetit were still tucked in bed, unaware that they’d managed to offend a pretty big (and vocal) group of people. Needless to say, they received quite a number of responses to their tweet and Facebook post, and by morning, the tweetContinue reading “What Is So Bad About Romance Novels?”

Character Arcs Via #StorySocial

Today I received a note from my editor telling me that she’ll have my manuscript back a week early, which means I have to finish my current WIP by Sunday. It’s supposed to be 20K words only, something to tide me over while waiting to dive back into her edits and so now it’s crunchContinue reading “Character Arcs Via #StorySocial”

Happy #InternationalWomensDay

Happy #InternationalWomensDay πŸ’• Move those mountains! πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ€πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ”§πŸ‘©β€πŸš€πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€βš–οΈπŸ‘©πŸΏβ€βœˆοΈπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸš’πŸ•΅πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ‘·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ¨πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»xo Lang — Lang Leav (@langleav) March 7, 2017

When the Master Speaks… You Listen #Writing

So today while finishing up my manuscript and crossing my fingers that all loose ends have been tied nicely in a hundred bows, I saw this: Aspiring fiction writer? Cool! Here are 2 phrases you must NEVER use: "for a long moment" and "for some reason." Find another way! — Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 22,Continue reading “When the Master Speaks… You Listen #Writing”

Keep Writing

“On the surface, the book is a satire of Soviet antics and recriminations through the lens the devil visiting Moscow. Below this layer, however, The Master and Margarita is a Faustian tale of a writer and his struggle to publish his life’s work. It’s the story of a man questioning the purpose of striving whenContinue reading “Keep Writing”