Ultimate Guide to Alpha and Beta Readers

Click this link to hear this blog post as a podcast with your favorite podcasting app! Hello Lovelies and welcome back to the blog. If you've been in the writing community a while you've maybe heard of two terms, alpha readers and beta readers, and wondered what they are and why you need them. We're …

3 Reasons to Attend a Writing Conference

I recently went to a statewide writer’s conference. My state puts one on every year, but because of COVID-19, they didn’t have one last year, and this year’s conference was very small and the details were constantly in flux as COVID rules and regulations changed almost daily leading up to the conference. Still, writers from across the state braved it and came out in person and over Zoom to meet with colleagues and industry professionals, pitch their work, and to generally hang out and possibly win prizes for their writing. I’ve known about this conference for the entire time I’ve been with my local writing group, but due to work scheduling and travel requirements, in years past I haven’t been able to go, or able to afford to go. This year’s conference was close, in the next town over, and I didn’t even need to get a hotel room. I have a steady crew at work and no need to come in on weekends, and my financial situation allowed me to save up and go for it this year. So I went.

Free Revision Checklist

Click this link to hear this blog post as a podcast with your favorite podcasting app! Hello lovelies and welcome back to the blog. We’ve been talking about drafting your novels and specifically about getting through multiple drafts of your novel (if that’s your jam). What we’re really talking about is the process of revising …

Personality Tests and Writing

I thought I'd take a break from talking about drafting this week and talk instead about something that fascinates me, which is personality tests. I will make this writing related, since that's what you're here for. So we'll talk about two personality tests I've taken and how they both hurt and help me in my writing career.

How Many Drafts Does it Take to Write a Novel?

Click this link to hear this blog post as a podcast with your favorite podcasting app! Hello lovelies and welcome back to the blog. We've gone through previous posts talking about the drafting process and specifically about zero drafts and first drafts. If you haven't by now you're probably starting to wonder just how many …