23
FEB
2015

The Difference Between ARCs and Finished Copies 101

These are my pass pages for Vengeance Road. This is the first time my book has been typeset (read: not been a .doc file), which is very exciting. Pretty fonts! Chapter headings! Crop marks! Advance reader copies (ARCs) are printed from pass pages. While the ARCs are produced and...
19
FEB
2012

The grass is always greener

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. While drafting book two, all I wanted to do was get my copy edits for book one. Book two wasn’t necessarily being problematic, but gosh, this writing this was hard. I’d forgotten how scary the blank page can be. How you are...
09
SEP
2011

On NOT knowing my characters, and why it works for me

Everyone says “know your characters,” but I don’t like to know my characters, at least not fully. Let me explain. I’ll start with a confession: I despise character worksheets. I think they are the worst type of pre-writing homework. I’ve tried to...
24
AUG
2011

Drafting: my approach and general process

In a recent blog post, I said I’d be willing to answer some reader questions. Emy Shin (who is lovely, mind you. You should all go follow her on twitter) asked: How long does it take you, on average, to write the first draft of a novel? Do you revise as you go along? How...
17
APR
2011

Crutches in writing

We all have them. Certain words we use more than others. Phrases we rely on. I am aware of a good number of mine, and even though I consciously try to keep them in check, they always sneak into my work. Especially first drafts. I’m working on something new at the moment,...
09
MAR
2011

Creativity is not a bottomless well

For a very long time, I was a firm believer that writing every day was the best recipe for staying sharp, focused and creative. Some days you write for hours, other days only a few minutes. But I’ve recently started to believe that writing every day may not always be the...
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