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Month: September 2011

So You Want to Write a Novel: Publishing

Congratulations!  Your book is complete, edited, and ready for submission!  Now, all you want to do is get it out there.  Well, there are two ways to do this: traditional publishing and self-publishing.  In this post, I’m going to try to give you as much information as I can about both so you can make an informed decision about how you want to proceed from here. The first thing you need to know (and I’m just going to put this right out there) is readers don’t care who publishes your book. … Read more So You Want to Write a Novel: Publishing

So You Want to Write a Novel: Editing

*Satisfied sigh*  You’ve completed your manuscript.  It’s finished.  You’re done.  Well…not quite.  You have editing to do. Editing is arguably the toughest part of the writing process.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been editing from the start: changing words, correcting grammatical or spelling errors, and rereading previous pages for readibility and fluidity.  But now, you have to take your manuscript and shred it apart to find high level errors you missed while writing.  You have to scrutinize plot, character development, and believability.  Plan to invest some time doing this… Read more So You Want to Write a Novel: Editing

So You Want to Write a Novel: Writing

So you’ve got your idea, you’ve fleshed out characters and plot, and now you’re ready to write.  Or so you think… In all fairness, while my experience writing The Grim may very well be an individual experience, I feel it only fair to warn you: The Grim took five–count ’em, five–long years of writing.  There were moments I gave up.  There were times where I thought what I had already written was ridiculous, mundane, preachy, and a whole host of other adjectives with which I berated myself every time I… Read more So You Want to Write a Novel: Writing

So You Want to Write a Novel: The Idea

I’m not going to lie to you; sometimes the hardest part of writing a novel is finding something worth writing about.  I can’t tell you how many unfinished manuscripts I have in what I call my “writing box”.  I’ve gotten 50, sometimes even 100, pages in and realized the story I was developing was crap, that my characters were basic, unrealistic, or downright annoying, or that the premise upon which the story was based didn’t carry long enough to generate 300 pages of copy.  *Sigh*  What are you going to… Read more So You Want to Write a Novel: The Idea

So You Want to Write a Novel

I was always told I had a talent for writing, a natural affinity for words and language.  I won competitions and essay contests.  My prose was frequently published, and I charged my classmates hefty fees to tutor them in English.  I wrote for the school newspaper;  I wrote African-American history plays, for which I won many awards and accolades. But I didn’t quite comprehend how amateurish my efforts were.  Real writing has been undermined by the cavalry of celebrities out here “writing” books for the sake of seeing their name… Read more So You Want to Write a Novel