Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NO NaNoWriMo? Join Me for #FiMyNoMo

October 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft

What’s #FiMyNoMo? I’m glad you asked. It’s my alternative to NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve NEVER won the coveted NaNoWriMo badge or completed a book in a month, but I’m okay with that. And I’m in the middle of a novel, so instead of […]

To Prove or Improve Your Writing?

October 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Encouragement

My latest manuscript is what agents call “dead.” That means every major CBA publisher has rejected it. Sure, some called it “charming” and rejected it because they’ve already acquired a modern-day princess story while others claimed to want to work with me if only they had openings in their fiction lines. But that doesn’t change […]

How To Write a Simple Summary

September 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I first query an editor with an story idea, I break it down into a few simple parts. A summary is not an overview of the entire novel, but rather a summary that will hopefully hook the editor into wanted to know more. This type of summary can be used on a One-Sheet (popular at […]

Avoid Comma Drama

September 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Editing

Punctuation, blech! Yes, I know, but it’s not as bad as grammar—a subject we’ll tackle another time. In my craft blog today, I’ll share a few simple comma guidelines. And I do mean simple! Okay, now that you’re wiping the sweat from your brow, let’s go. Introducing: The Comma That little flip on the page […]

My Best Writng Advice

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Authors, Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

Early on in my writing journey, my quest for publication, I received a bit of advice that at first I balked but now, in clear hindsight, value more than any other counsel I was offered.  I was never a big reader.  In school I skimmed, jumped, skipped, and trotted through books, pulling out the highlights […]

Procrastination Nation

September 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Goals, Time Management

Hello, my name is Julie, and I’m a procrastinator. It’s something that I struggle with often. I have a short attention span, which isn’t helpful when you’re writing novels. I’m the mom of a four-year-old and have a full-time job. If I procrastinate, I’m not going to get it all done. It has forced me […]

The Power of Love Stories

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Fiction, Genre

When my first romance novel released in 2010, I took it to a local Christian bookstore only to have the older gentleman in charge tell me that Christians shouldn’t read romance. We should only read about stuff that will change our world, like politics. My first reaction was to feel sorry for his wife. But […]

I Do My Best Writing in the Shower

September 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Interruptions, Time Management

The key to a more productive writing life, for me, may be an increase of distractions. I’m not kidding. I can sit down in a quiet house, long hours stretched before me, all allocated beautifully (according to my DayTimer) for writing. Nothing happens. My fingers idly tap the desk. I take another sip of coffee […]

Character Arcs and Outlining

September 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction, Writing Tips

For some time now, Super G and I have been engaged in a bloody battle to the death* over whether or not we should plot and outline our novels before typing “Chapter 1.” I have now written 4 novels, mostly with the SOP method. Oh, there were notes and I had a good idea where […]

Romantic Suspense

September 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Writing Tips

What is a romantic suspense? That’s a good question and one I’ve been asked by more than one person. Obviously it’s a story that has a romance and a suspense. Well, duh—hence the term romantic suspense! Okay, then how much romance and how much suspense? That’s a good question, too. And a lot of people […]

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