Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2022? I know I sure can’t. This year, I will have my ten-year blogging anniversary in September. That fact alone gives me a lot of reasons to reflect. But enough about reflecting. What about taking action? Setting goals can be a tricky business. How many should you set?… Continue reading Make This Your #1 Writing Goal in 2022
How I Revise My Novels
I talk a lot about writing, creating, marketing, editing, etc. But I haven’t specifically discussed the revision process. But isn’t revising and editing the same thing, you ask. No, not really. Though the lines can definitely blur, revising is a stage that comes before editing. Revising is knowing what to keep in your work, what… Continue reading How I Revise My Novels
My Average Day as an Author
Despite tons of movies and books revolving around authors and publishers, the life of the average author is still pretty mysterious to most. Why? Hollywood never gets publishing right. Ever. This is the one fact agents, editors, publicists, and authors agree with. An author’s journey to publication is unique, VERY unique, and authors’ lives reflect… Continue reading My Average Day as an Author
Did I Fail At Blogging? At Writing?
Last month, I received my WordPress award for six years of blogging. And it felt like such a lie. Most of you know that I stopped blogging this year. It started in April, a little over six months ago, and it is by far the biggest step back from blogging I’ve ever taken. I tried… Continue reading Did I Fail At Blogging? At Writing?
CTP Free Book Weekend!
Hey, guys! I know it’s been a while. I miss blogging so much, not going to lie, but it’s still super hard to fit it into my schedule. Hopefully, one day. But today is a super fun day because my publisher Clean Teen Publishing is hosting a free book weekend! Below you can browse all… Continue reading CTP Free Book Weekend!
Kindle Unlimited, Audiobooks, & Giveaway!
As promised, even though I’m not blogging writing tips right now (though I am trying to work it back into my schedule), I'm keeping everyone updated. Today, you’ll find out how you can read both of my series for FREE—and there’s an awesome giveaway somewhere below. Let’s start with some news! For the first time… Continue reading Kindle Unlimited, Audiobooks, & Giveaway!
Why You Should Make Time To Write While Editing/Revising
I’m not going to lie. I’m basically writing this article because I failed at this, miserably, and I want to prevent others from making the same mistake. Once upon a time, I wrote a book. The moment I was inspired to write it, I knew it was more special than my other books. Not that… Continue reading Why You Should Make Time To Write While Editing/Revising
See You Later, September!
It’s that time again. Every year, I take one month off of blogging and social media to reevaluate, get organized, and…well, relax. (And by “relax” I mean write more books.) I’ll probably be around on Twitter and Instagram still. Other than that, I’ll be signing books and talking about young adult literature at Barnes &… Continue reading See You Later, September!
When Your Writing Issue Is…
Writing a book—or anything—comes along with a lot of challenges, and sometimes those challenges can feel overwhelming. So here’s a quick tip guide to help you navigate your writing journey. I have an idea, but now what? Well, now you write. (And write and write and write again.) Don’t focus on being perfect. Don’t focus… Continue reading When Your Writing Issue Is…
Editing (Rewriting) the First Draft
This month, I’m covering my editing process, so if you haven’t checked out the first part— My Editing Process Starts in My Writing Process—check it out. Today, I’m continuing the writing journey by explaining what happens after I finish writing a first draft. 1. Review Your Notes & Plans Hopefully, you took a break between… Continue reading Editing (Rewriting) the First Draft