MAKING YOUR WORD COUNT *COUNT*

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

MAKING YOUR WORD COUNT COUNT

As writers, we are sometimes obsessed with making sure we are meeting our goals. We have a need to make sure that the novel we’re writing on our computer becomes a novel on the shelf. And that’s good! We should have goals, and we should enact discipline to make sure they are met each day.

I am always curious to know how many words other writers write in a day, and inevitably compare myself to them. But there is a problem: I could be comparing myself with full-time writers, part-time writers, or almost full-time writers, or people who stay up all night or wake up suuuuuuper early to make sure they meet they’re awesomely high word count goal.

And me? I write part-time, during daytime or evening hours. So comparing myself to these others has the potential to be destructive instead of inspirational—unless I change my mind set.

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THE LITERARY AGENT PITCH: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE LITERARY AGENT PITCH: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?

I had the chance to go to my first writing conference strictly as an attendee this past weekend, and had a wonderful time. I went to workshops all day, and met some really wonderful people. The most exciting part, however, is that I pitched my book to two literary agents.

What does this mean?

It means a lot of being nervous, incessant foot-tapping, finger-shaking, and making weird noises to yourself in the car before composing yourself and speaking professionally to a literary agent for 10 minutes about your book, and learning very quickly whether they are interested in representing you or not.

How did I do? Read on…

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TRUE OR FALSE: IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

TRUE OR FALSE: IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

As creative people, we tend to value not only our goals, but our happiness while working toward them. In fact, there is often a tendency to believe that if we are not happy while working toward something, then it is not the right path for us to be on. We believe, at some level, if we are not happy while working, and I mean whistle-while-you-work level happy, then we were wrong about our calling. This week, we are all about identifying the difference between truth and truism, because while there is some truth to what I just said, there are also many lies. Continue reading

DEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE IT

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

DEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE ITDEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE IT

One of the best parts of the writing process is having someone tell you they honestly enjoyed your work; it is gratifying, satisfying, and feels pretty darn amazing. On the other hand, one of the worst things is showing your work to someone and receiving tiny knife after tiny knife of criticism—how this could be better, or that was confusing, or this area just plain sucked. And it hurts! No one likes to be stabbed!

But no one should like likes receiving words like, “I liked it; this is good,” all the time, either. No one can grow if they already think they are the best. If there is no room to improve, then obviously you should be published now, right?? Haha, wrong. But don’t worry! I’m going to help you through this.

But if there is one thing to take away from this week’s post, it is this: it is equally important to be graceful in both how one receives and how one gives criticism, and this week, I’m going to show you how you can become better at both.

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