writing advice

Formatting and Knowing Your Audience

Formatting: learn it, live it, and love it--especially when putting your work on submission. And knowing your audience? This is important when submitting, too! Whether your audience is a contest judge or an agent, understanding what they're looking for is critically important if you're to increase your chances of success.

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Good Morning, Writerfolk!

https://youtu.be/4dkcpoczt34 The learning never stops. That's what we'll be celebrating in this new series of daily meditations, explorations, and affirmations on, into, and of the ongoing process of becoming our best writerly selves. Remember to like and subscribe, and thanks for joining me for this exciting new venture!

writing

It’s Over, I Guess.

This is a look of disbelief from a man who fails to understand how it's over. This morning, apparently, I finished the first draft of a new manuscript, SCAMBAIT, and I remain skeptical that I have, in fact, typed THE END. My skepticism is well founded: I started writing this one on February 28th. That's… Continue reading It’s Over, I Guess.

querying

Let’s Talk Querying!

Querying. The word alone is enough to have some writers retreating into their shells, but to those outside the writing community, it's a topic with which few have any familiarity. So let's talk querying today---not the hows, per se, but the what, the why, and how it's going in my own querying journey for the… Continue reading Let’s Talk Querying!

On Writing

Adventure Indoors and Out

Sometimes inspiration comes not from doing, but being. "Imagine a forest. Can you see it?" “Yes, oh yes. Trees as far as the eye can see. Trunks so thick they can’t be hugged. Fruits so splendid, you’d never long to taste another. A forest of unmatched bounty. A forest for all.” “That is a forest,… Continue reading Adventure Indoors and Out

announcements

Come Find Me in 2020!

It may only be January, but you better believe I've got a number of events already lined up for this new year. So when and where will you be able to find me in person? So far, these are my confirmed appearance dates with links to the events in question. University of Wisconsin Writers' Institute… Continue reading Come Find Me in 2020!

writing

When The Stars Conspire

This manuscript has been through countless drafts, through innumerable shifts in emphasis, POV, genre. But today, after the most substantial rewrite yet, I can say it's closer than ever to being exactly where it needs to be. What started as a capital-R romance on a cranberry farm in northern Wisconsin has become more sure of… Continue reading When The Stars Conspire