Category: The Writing Life

Happy Indie Story, Part Six: What’s Next?

It’s the question President Jed Bartlet always asks after every crisis gets resolved on The West Wing. And it’s the question you’ll be asked in nearly every interview and conversation you’ll have while promoting your current book. Your agent will…

Some Thoughts on Time and Structure

I had planned to write an instructional post on the use of spreadsheets in writing a novel, but life happened this week. Right after the deadline for this post got moved up, my whippets decided that this was the perfect…

Of Titles and Sound Bites

A title says a lot about a person. If you use the wrong prefix, better watch out. Address a woman as Mrs. instead of Ms, her hackles could rise. Confuse a five star General with a General Factotum, and the…

Brace Yourself: It’s Query Time

When I completed the latest please-let-this-be-the-final-draft-on-this-side-of-the-process manuscript revision to the best of my ability and with the incredible feedback of my writing group and other fool souls, I drank a lot of wine, ate a lot of cupcakes and administered many…

Tunnel Syndrome

I’ve struggled recently with two different sorts of tunnel syndrome. The first type is affecting the nerves in my elbows and hands. My husband, not a doctor, says it’s carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, stiffness and a sensation…