Does trying to decide how long a book will take to write feel like shooting in the dark? Learning how to manage your writing time is vital, especially when you are dealing with traditional contracts (although it’s important for Indies, also), because how long you will need to write your book is the first question agents, editors, or potential box-set partners will want to ask you. How can you be expected to put a time frame on art? Continue Reading>>
Ever feel like a fraud as a writer? Who are you, anyway, to think readers will want your books, much less flock to them? Success happens to someone else. You’re surprised and faintly embarrassed when fame even faintly knocks on your door. You avoid book signings and other events that put you in contact with readers. Hiding out ensures that no one will know you are really just fooling everyone. Sound familiar? Welcome to the club. This is Impostor Syndrome Anonymous, and we’re here to help.
Whether you want to hone your plotting skills, learn techniques for managing point of view, deepen conflict in your stories, or free your creativity, you’ll find an in-depth series on the topic to help you learn to write better at Live Write Breathe. Continue Reading>>
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, the second of Edward and Emily Dickinson’s three children. Emily grew up in Amherst, in a house built by her grandfather, leading a quiet and privileged life. Her father, known by some as “Squire” Dickinson, maintained a religious fervor that Emily failed to emulate, despite her father’s insistence she attend weekly sermons in the Congregational church across the street. Continue Reading>>
Ah, sweet relief! You’re alone in your office with every other member of your household occupied elsewhere. The fragrance of your favorite beverage fills the air. Brain foods (like chocolate) await your pleasure. Your phone is muted, and a Do Not Disturb sign warns would-be intruders away from the front door. Now is the time! You power on your trusty computer and settle in to start your novel. But, wait… Continue Reading>>
Some writers produce a book a month without raising a sweat. (I am not worthy to kiss their feet.) I have always considered myself a slow writer, but maybe that was a self-fulfilling prophecy. A recent experience has taught me that I am capable of more than I was giving myself credit for. Continue Reading>>
The hero of your story gazes at the heroine from…now what color did you make his eyes? A minor character crops up again, and you rack your memory for words to search so you can find out what you named him. And you catch two of your characters making the same defining gesture. Does any of these scenarios sound familiar? Continue Reading>>
I’m always overwhelmed by the response whenever I run a survey to help improve Live Write Breathe. Your kind remarks have me blushing. I’m so glad you enjoy my posts and find them helpful. Continue Reading>>
On a journey as the main character of your novel, you come to a river cutting a deep channel across thirsty land. Spanning the river is a wooden bridge that looks like it’s seen better days. Are you happy to be here or wish you were somewhere else? Why are you traveling? Where have you come from, and what is your destination? Is a companion with you, or are you alone? Are you running away, being pursued, or are you chasing someone? Continue Reading>>
Cluttered Writing Life Causes & Cures: Writing Creativity Killers, Part 5
Novel writing, social networking, blog posts, newsletters, promotions–oh my! You have too much going on, more or less all the time. Everything seems important and necessary, but you are stretched thin and entering the red zone of author burnout. Or maybe you crossed that boundary line a while ago but are slogging on out of a sense of duty. Your office is a mess. There’s paper clutter everywhere. And you can’t even hope to deal with cluttered computer files. Your schedule is more like a wishlist these days, with only a few items crossed off on good days. Writing just isn’t fun anymore.
In a scenario like this one, something has to change. Continue Reading>>