I can hardly believe this day is here, but I'm winding down this blogsite as of today. No more posts or updates will be going out.
I will not live in silent rooms
where all my mothers died;
forgotten women lost in time
feet bound by cultural pride.
Cardinal Query Sins: Wants Nothing, Does Nothing, Has Nothing
A Sinful Query Dear Agent Fullname, Light Yagami wants nothing more than to get through each day of his senior school year without dying of boredom. When a mysterious notebook finds its way into his hands, Light is intrigued by its magical properties. The notebook—called the Deathnote—has the power to kill anyone whose name is …
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Examples of Successful Query Letters
via Examples of Successful Query Letters Original article by Ellen Brock, featuring an (older) version of my ANCHOR query, and the successful version of Essa Hansen's NOPHEK query.
How to Write a Query (with examples of real successful query letters)
via How to Write a Query (with examples of real successful query letters) Original article and video by Ellen Brock, professional independent editor, but her video also features the query for Anchor (my second MS), and for Nophek (a ms by my critique partner, Essa Hansen.)
How NOT to open a novel
How NOT to open a novel.
Drafting a new chapter
The process of drafting a new chapter (for this particular pantser)
‘Active Voice’ can suck it, and other musings on terrible style advice
I have a growing hatred of active voice at all costs mantra. It started with betas - not all of them, and always well-meaning - correcting my writing into active voice, but to the point where the sentences were sometimes bizarre or downright unreadable (e.g., missing verbs entirely). Lately, I find myself rebelliously writing in …
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There's very little left to do for sections 1-3. Even my paid editor isn't making sweeping changes, and my betas are only doing tweak corrections as they go. And now, today, since my kids are sick and the baby's slept almost the entire day, I've somehow managed to complete a rough draft for the entirety …
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