Tag: tips

  • Zombie Books and On Staying Stubborn

    I am a stubborn individual. Actually, mule-headed, and too damned ornery to ever quit may be more accurate assessments. This is part of why I can’t give up. I have been in rewrites on the zombie book – that is, the WIP that refuses to die, but isn’t actually healthy, alive and kicking (ie: working…

  • Constructive Yet Kind Critique: 10 Tips for Effective Critique

    By the timeĀ  you read this, I’ll have gone wedding dress shopping with my soon-to-be-sister-in-law. Which made me think about critique. Here’s the thing: I believe all critique must try to strike the right balance between kindness and compassion … and telling it like it is. Too kind (sometimes known as “rubber-stamp critiques”), and it’s…

  • Revision and Plotting: Do as I say, not as I’ve done, Pt 1

    Do you ever have a moment when you pray to whatever you believe in that maybe, just maybe, you’ll start getting smarter? That maybe you’ll stop making the same ridiculous mistakes again and again, ever after making your life more difficult? I do. Especially when it comes to my writing. As with many things, it’s…