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Things to do while waiting for #Pitchwars or Query responses

1. Work on your next book. You're not planning to rest on your laurels, are you? 2. Send out another round of queries. Obviously, this doesn't apply to Pitchwars, since that's against the rules, but I recommend sending out multiple queries at once. I usually batch mine in groups of 3-5. It takes about 30… Continue reading Things to do while waiting for #Pitchwars or Query responses

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writing

Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

I recently got into a discussion on Twitter about transitioning from short fiction to writing novels. The person I was talking to had difficulties, because by the time they wrote a one page synopsis, they basically had the entire story on one page, from beginning to end. They'd become so used to writing short stories… Continue reading Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

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Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part III

The conclusion for my 3 part series on writer's block. Part 1 covers mental blocks, and Part 2 plot & setting issues. The second lesson I learned while writing The Spider's Web (and several subsequent stories) is that antagonists are hard. One of the hardest things for me to do is create realistic, fleshed out… Continue reading Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part III

writing

Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part I

While I was on hiatus, someone on Twitter asked for suggestions for overcoming writing blocks. While I answered her in tweet form (a very long tweet chain) I though I would expand on it here. This is the first in a 3 part series. For more about plot and setting issues click here, and character… Continue reading Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part I