Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Days of Christmas for Writers


It's time for one of my favorite Christmas blog traditions!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

12 Fulls Requested

11 Muses Musing

10 Plots-a-Flowing

9 Bloggers Blogging

8 Hours-a-Writing

7 Editors Editing

6 Tweets Retweeted


4 Best Sellers

3 Query Letters

2 Agents Calling

And a Contract to Fill you with Glee!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful writing friends!
What do you want for Christmas this year?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Reading - Year in Review

I'm over at Heart Shaped Glasses talking about some of the great books I read in 2013. Stop by and let me know your favorite book of 2013.

Monday, November 4, 2013

From Puddle Play to Stain Removal: Novel Writing from Mud to Clean

I'm thrilled to have Wendy Paine Miller here. She's just released a new novella that I can't wait to read! Isn't the cover gorgeous? Today she's been kind enough to join us and tell us a little about her writing process. Here's Wendy - 

I watch my six-year-old as we wait for her bus in the rain. We both have umbrellas protecting our heads, but I notice her noticing the rain-spattered puddle. Without any further hesitation, she leaps directly into the center. No doubt about it, kids are attracted to getting sloppy in puddles.
I get that feeling. I’m addicted to getting sloppy while writing novels.
Here’s my interpretation of how the novel writing process plays out.
Rough draft = Jump in puddle, Splash around, Get covered in mud
NaNo is well underway. Writers all over the world are giving it a go. One of the best pieces of advice I have offer at this stage is to do everything in your power not to censor yourself. Some of my best writing has come when I didn’t over think a plot or contemplate character attributes to death. Write free.
First read through = Assess the damage, Determine if clothes are salvageable
I know, I know, it’s at this point you’ll be really tempted to Shout (like that?). But try to resist. Read the work and as Stephen King suggests read as much of it in one sitting as possible. Now, I know everyone goes about this differently, but what I’m about to share might shock you. I’ve had to discard an entire novel. We’ll call it Number 5. I got through about fifty pages and it hit me it wasn’t going to work as a novel. Now some would have rewritten the whole thing. I realized the best move was to put it aside and write something new. For the time being Number 5 wasn’t salvageable. Trust your gut on this.
Time for edits = The work might need to be stripped down, Remove unnecessary and extra muddy parts, Squirt with stain remover & soak in cold water, Apply more stain remover, Toss in laundry, Bleach may or may not be necessary, Hang to air dry, Repeat
Getting down to business. It’s essential to learn which scenes need to be cut, which words. If it doesn’t help move the plot forward, strip it out. Apply techniques that will improve your writing. If needed, take time to let the changes steep. Continue to apply what you’ve learned in craft books and by read-throughs, Seek out advice from critique partners, beta readers and a professional editor, incorporate additional changes, give it time to come together, and if necessary, repeat.
The next time you spot a stain or your child bolts for a puddle you’ll recall this post. 
In the meantime, make a habit of dancing in puddles. There will always be time to launder. I’m a huge fan of novel ideas that invite the mind to wander.

Thanks for being here, Wendy! 
Writers - What's your favorite step in the writing process?

Blurb for The Disappearing Key:
Gabrielle Bivane never expected parenting a teenager would be this hard, but she never expected stillborn Oriana to live to see fourteen, either. The night of Oriana's birth, Gabrielle and her husband Roy fused their genetic and engineering geniuses to bring back all that was lost to them—at a cost. 
The secret must be kept. 
Oriana Bivane senses she’s not like the other girls her age, but the time has come for her to change all that. She’s tired of secrets, but does she confide in the wrong person?

The life-giving key, suddenly missing, must be found. 
Available on Amazon Kindle & in paperback
Bio: Wendy is a native New Englander who feels most alive when she's laughing, reading, writing or taking risks. She's authored nine novels and is currently writing what she hopes will be your future book club pick. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and online sites. Wendy lives with her husband and their three girls in a home bursting with imagination and hilarity.

She's represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Agency.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NaNoWriMo Minions

I'm deep into edits right now and can't participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but I made this for all my NaNoWriMo friends. I'll be cheering you on!

NaNoWriMo Yellow and Purple Minions

Monday, October 7, 2013

Signed with Agent Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency

Big news! I’m thrilled to announce that I’m now represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti with The Seymour Agency.   

One of my goals for the ACFW conference was to meet several agents I’d never had the opportunity to meet before. As soon as I sat down with Nicole, I hoped that we would have the chance to work together. She’s smart and passionate about great stories.

I’m excited about what’s next for my writing career now that I have Nicole’s advice and expertise to guide me.

Monday, September 9, 2013

At Ease in Your Shell

If I had one piece of advice for those attending ACFW conference this week, it would be to relax and enjoy the experience. 

I know. That's easier said than done when you're anticipating sitting across a table from your dream agent or dream editor to pitch your latest work. If you're striving to be the next Francine Rivers or Colleen Coble, you're doomed to fail. But it you're focusing on being the person God created you to be, things are going to be amazing. If you let go of your expectations and let God move, you're going to have a conference that is better than you could have ever imagined. 

Let go of your worries and anxiety and ask God to give you an ease in your own skin that only comes from being in Christ. 

I can't wait to see you there!