A little walk down memory lane! The teaser I created before ANASTASIA'S SECRET was published, complete with actual footage of the grand duchesses dancing on the imperial yacht!
The ebook and paperback are both pretty inexpensive right now, if you haven't read it yet. (Spoiler alert: it's a tear-jerker.)
Really excellent post by my friend and awesome writer Heather Webb!
It's been a while! The world hasn't changed, unfortunately. And I'm in a difficult rewriting phase, so nothing very glamorous to report on. Just wishing all my friends and readers peace and hope. Do whatever you need to find the light.
My latest, heartfelt blog post.
A lot of this is true, even for writers with day jobs!
Hah hah! Enjoy!
Momentous day. Sent to final beta reader, and to my agent. I went through a careful process with this one, thanks to the wonderful Randy Susan Myers and her workshop on revising. So now I've written it down, and I'll stick to it!
Facebook is reminding me that I haven't posted here in a while! It's been quite busy, and I'm reading through the third draft of my WIP on paper, red pen in hand. Some parts I go "ugh," others I go, "hmm. Not as bad as I thought." Still a long way to go.
In the meantime here's the blog post I wrote just after I sent it to beta readers.
Spoken by a wise and wonderful writer!
My best writer advice: Never get complacent. Hold in your mind the simultaneous beliefs that whatever you've written is worthwhile and unique and wonderful, but also, possibly complete garbage that needs to be fixed. If you can do that, you will go far.
So, this is what it’s like, LOL!
The Seven Stages of Writerly Grief when an author gets her rough draft back from her critique partners. I'd cry if I wasn't laughing so hard. The Winged Pen is ...the genius author of this post, not me, but it's true--all of it. From Stage 1 ("I must suck worse than any writer has ever sucked in the history of the written word. *opens wine* *cries*") to Stage 3 ("YOU’VE GOT IT ALL WRONG. WRONG. And if you weren’t such a troglodyte, you’d totally see that!") to Stage 6 ("What’s that glimmer on the horizon of my grief-stricken chocolate-addled writerly mind? A solution?")
Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Stephanie Thornton, Aimie Trumbly Runyan, let the record show that I am DEEPLY thankful for all the hours you've put in reading and critiquing this beast of a manuscript. I love you all, even later this week when I am mentally calling you troglodytes.
Holidays and end-of-year chaos is done, and I can finally open up my crit partner notes and dive into the chaotic mess that is my WIP. Gods help me...
This was an excellent writing craft post. Absolutely spot on.
What do I do when I've finished a draft? I write, what else!
I do believe I've finished the first draft of this novel. It's full of holes and probably a mess in many ways, but I've gotten from one end to the other, with just under 80k words. I need to walk away from it for a while, then go at it with a vengeance and whip it into shape. That's the part I really enjoy, so phew!