The First 10,000 Words or God, This Sucks


Things To-do Before Drafting (or more accurately, Things I Should’ve Done Before Starting To Write This Novel)

1. Turn off my internal editor

2. Get my characters to like me. Really like me.

Sometimes I have to hit the 10,000 mark before my characters talk to me with no stutters and no whispers. (Eh? Speak up!)

And don’t get me started on Editor RB, who insists I go back to the last paragraph and change “cannot” into “can’t” before going forward.

I’ve learned over the past however many novels that the only way to get past it is to just plug through. Eventually Editor RB will shut the hell up and my characters will stop being such assholes.

In the meantime, Husband and Bubbles should brace themselves. I’m going to be a bit crabby.








Yes! This Moment!

That moment when you’re in the midst of plotting your next book. Ideas are flying. Things are easily clicking into place just like the last few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You are so frickin’ excited to start writing. The characters are already talking to you. Scenes are coming at you at all times during the day and you rush to jot them down so you won’t forget. Gah! This book is going to rock. You just know it. And you can’t wait to start tweeting and posting that fabulous hashtag: #amwriting

Pitch Your Finished MS!

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It’s time for another Pitch Madness event brought to you by author Brenda Drake. The contest is for completed manuscripts only, so please don’t submit your current WIP. Since this is a blog contest, here is how it works. You’ll submit a 35 word pitch and the first 250 words of you manuscript via email. Hosts […]