Envy. It crops up with appalling ease. A member of your local writing group signs a multi-book contract. Another lands a dream agent. One friend tells you her latest book needs no substantial edits while you’re drowning in them. A friend wins an award you covet. You swallow the worm of jealousy, brace yourself and offer … Continue Reading ››
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Writing is a lot like performing music. I know this because I studied vocal music in college and spent a little time running around stages singing in musical theater and opera productions. While I still sing on occasion, the main advantage I now find in having a musical background is that the techniques I learned … Continue Reading ››
It’s one thing to tell you I’ve conquered time management despite the added responsibilities signing a book contract brings. It’s another to show you how I accomplished this. Whether … Continue Reading ››
It’s a commodity in these days of high-speed connections, hurry sickness, and dinner on the run. We seldom think of it, but we need it to thrive. It’s jealously guarded by the few who find even a small piece of it. And it … Continue Reading ››
Agents complain that their slush piles overflow with variations of the same stories offered over and over, each by a writer without a unique writing voice. Why does this happen? And how can you prevent it from happening to … Continue Reading ››
If, as a writer, you’re anything like me, the last thing you “need” is another book idea. Your cup already runs over, but new ideas continue to ambush you at all hours of the day and night. They distract you when you’re driving, … Continue Reading ››
So much rides on the wording and presentation of a query letter that writing one can seem overwhelming. But once you know how, it’s not that difficult. Writing a book is a much harder task. Sign up for free to receive valuable Live Write Breathe posts and gain access to downloadable letterhead and query letter templates. … Continue Reading ››