After I finished the vomit draft of my novel, I had a celebratory martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives…yum!), and then I put the manuscript aside like a good little author. I knew it needed to “sit” a while before I went back to it so that, presumably, I could see it with fresh eyes.
I recently announced to some of my friends and readers online that I had finished the “vomit” draft of my first novel. Did I get a few strange comments? Yep. One good friend asked what the heck a vomit draft was, what purpose did it serve, and what was the big deal in finishing it. […]
One of the first things I get asked when someone discovers I’m a writer is, “Oh, do you write fiction or nonfiction?” This question used to confuse me a little because I didn’t understand why I had to choose a category. I mean, can’t a writer write both fiction and nonfiction? Seems there is no […]
I’m not the only person who gets stuck in a language rut. I know, because I hear it in other’s speech all the time. You know, those annoying words and phrases we insert into our speech because our brains and mouths aren’t working at the same speed? Um, uh, and ah are just the tip of […]
In my previous post, A Writing Anniversary: Things I Learned During My First Year As a Serious Writer (Part 1), I discussed some things I’ve discovered on this writing journey of mine. Things that have nothing to do with the actual writing part of the business. Here are a few other things I’ve learned this […]
This past week marked the first year since I published my first two books on Amazon (happy anniversary, me!). I have gone on to publish another seven books this year, three of which have been translated into Spanish, and one which will debut in audio format at the end of the month. Not bad for a […]
One of my writing goals this year, apart from publishing a book about Ecuador and starting a novel, is to enter at least three writing contests a month. Whew. So far, so good! Of course, it is only February. I found three really cool contests in January and got my manuscripts to each of them […]