Over the holidays, I hit a bit of an emotional slump. It happens almost every year due to my ongoing mental health struggles, and unfortunately affects my writing life too. As January 1st approached, I was feeling a great need to make 2018 better than 2017. At the time, it felt like nothing had gone … Continue reading LITBULBS: Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead
Writers are rebels by nature. For a writer, a sudden strike of inspiration is like a cold splash of water in the face. Inspiration provides a writer with their second wind, but it usually comes at a price. Not only can you not sleep once you’ve been struck, but heeding its call usually leads you … Continue reading LITBULBS: The Ache of Apathy
HOW TO WRITE WITHOUT EDITING for the Sake of your NaNoing Sanity Every November, a battle cry can be heard across the globe as burgeoning writers take up their sharp implements against a common foe—the editor within. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is when everyone asks the same question: is it really possible to write … Continue reading How to Write Without Editing
This article was published on silverleafwriters.com For almost a decade, I’ve been participating in this amazing worldwide event called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo, if you don’t know, is to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Every November is an insane month of scribbling and typing for writers … Continue reading LITBULBS: ML, no longer on the D/L
Have you ever received a friend request from a stranger and, as your finger hovered over the ignore button, wondered, “What if?” A year ago today, I posted a meme on Facebook that went semi-viral. It was meant as a response to the growing trend of posts saying, “I’m testing to see who my real … Continue reading What happens when you accept friend requests from strangers? My social media experiment.
I’m an ideas person. Ask basically anyone — they’ll vouch for me. I’m constantly coming up with ideas for stories to write, businesses to open, improvements to my community, solutions for social issues. The ideas aren’t always practical, but they are ideas none-the-less. I’m a huge proponent of brainstorming, and am constantly looking for feedback … Continue reading Hey, what’s the idea?
Wonder Woman has been killing it in the box office this year, earning over $600 million worldwide. The movie marks several milestones. Not only is it the first comic book hero movie to ever feature a female lead, but the lead is played by Gal Gadot, an Israeli immigrant who was a real life soldier for two … Continue reading I cried during Wonder Woman, but not when you’d expect
Agents and publishers often say they’re looking for “upmarket fiction.” But what does that mean? Find out in today’s 30-Second Quick Tip.
In this 30-Second Quick Tip, Jessica explains how to integrate backstory organically into your manuscript so that you can avoid the dreaded “info dump.”
In this video, Jessica explains what it takes to be successful as a writer. Want to know how to push through waiting for your next acceptance or rejection letter? Jessica’s got it covered! Want to know how to start building your audience while sending out queries and proposals? There’s some tips for that too. Music … Continue reading Perseverance, Patience and Putting Yourself Out There
This video is a condensed version of the Editing Your Manuscript workshop Jessica taught to a small group of writers from her local writers guild in March 2017. The handout will help you follow along more easily and gives you much more information than Jessica was able to share in the 30 minutes this video shows. … Continue reading Editing Your Manuscript Workshop