Sometimes the only thing that helps stuck project

. . .is walking around it. Am I the only one who has to move to get my brain to work? I’m getting the big creative “guns” out today: Scissors, tape, markers in all colors. What do you all do when a project Just. Won’t. Budge? ______________ If you’d like to stay in touch, sign […]

Tame Your Revision Step-By-Step: 4 Cycle Engine for Your Story

Infographic of 7 revision management tips battery icons

This post is part of a TAME YOUR REVISION series that started over at The Winged Pen. You can read the overview, find the links to all the posts, and download the infographic here. As always, feel free to share your best revision strategies in the comments! I’d love to know how you manage. Public […]

Tame Your Revision Step-by-Step: 4 Steps to SORT-BY-SIZE

Infographic of 7 revision management tips battery icons

This post is part of a TAME YOUR REVISION series that started over at The Winged Pen. You can read the overview, find the links to all the posts, and download the infographic here. As always, feel free to share your best revision strategies in the comments! I’d love to know how you manage. SORT […]

Tame Your Revision Step-by-Step: 4 Ways to INVENTORY

Infographic of 7 revision management tips battery icons

This post is part of a TAME YOUR REVISION series that started over at The Winged Pen. You can read the overview, find the links to all the posts, and download the infographic here. Feel free to share your best revision strategies in the comments! I’d love to know how you manage. Scene List. See […]

Tame your revision Step-by-Step: 5+ DESPERATE MEASURES

Revising a novel is a form of bookkeeping. How do you keep from losing your mind? At The Winged Pen, we’re talking Revision. You can read the overview, find links to all the posts, and download the infographic here. To go along with the Winged Pen’s post, I’m attempting a “how-to” series. Let me know […]

Tame Your Revision Step-by-Step: 7 Simple Steps to a FEEDBACK FOLDER in Scrivener

One of the problems with getting feedback on your manuscript is overwhelm. If you’ve got five Word documents floating on your computer somewhere, it can bring your revision process to standstill. This post is about the simple way I keep track of valuable feedback from my critique partners. Over at The Winged Pen, you can […]

Tame Your Revision Step-by-Step: SLICE AND LABEL with Scrivener

Revising a novel is a form of bookkeeping. How do you keep from losing your mind? At The Winged Pen, we’re talking Revision. You can read the overview and download the infographic here. To go along with the Winged Pen’s post, I’m attempting a “how-to” series. Let me know how you like it. If you […]

Tools: Emotional Connection in Fiction Part 2

Last week I wrote about the challenges of making your reader feel the emotions of your main character. This week, the thrilling conclusion. Challenging feedback doesn’t have to derail your writing. I’ve got tools for us. 🙂 Just don’t try to use the whole toolbox for every scene. That way lies ruin. *cough* Karl Iglesias’ […]

Are you feeling it? Emotional Connection in Fiction Part 1

An accomplished novelist friend recently got feedback on a manuscript that was heartbreakingly familiar to me. “I like it but I’m not loving it.” Ouch. I know just how that feels. For years, I worked on a manuscript that repeatedly got the critique that readers couldn’t connect with my main character’s emotions. The feedback was […]