There came a time in my life when I became embarrassed to ask for help. I felt like I should be able to do everything for myself, since I was all grown up and supposedly self-sufficient. Well, today I watched my younger brother come into the backyard with a jug of juice to ask one… Continue reading How to Ask for Help (for writers)
It’s almost time for NaNo, y’all! I’m getting pretty excited, although I’ve been terrible about writing regularly in these past couple of weeks (darn school). I need NaNo to psyche me up and force me to write. I’m really hoping I can get the creative writing club on board with NaNo. I have a ton… Continue reading NaNo’s Getting Closer
I don’t think I talk enough about how important it is to have backup in this career called melting your brain writing. At its core, writing is a solitary endeavor, but in the hours when we’re not literally slaving over our keyboards, we writers need all sorts of different people to stroke our ego, hand… Continue reading The Importance of Partners in this Writing Game
Hello, all! I’ve been slacking off blogging big time lately, so bear with me while I offer the usual load of spineless excuses. A) This past week was the last week of my summer Spanish class, so I spent loads of time studying like a madwoman for the final. B) I’ve been obsessed with book… Continue reading On Critique Partners
At five o’ clock this morning, I finished the manuscript of my difficult critique partner and sent it back to him. I was hyped on coffee that my cousin force-fed me, so I gleefully ran up to the kitchen to down some celebratory ice cream before leaping into bed to sleep until noon. I wrote… Continue reading It’s Over
I met one of my best writing buddies on Inkpop.com. It all started out with her amazingly fabulous and absolutely hilarious science fiction novel, Freak. I was so obsessed with it that I had to tell her. I fangirled. A lot. I was this close to making a Freak t-shirt with my favorite character, Jakey,… Continue reading Encouraging Your Writer Buddies
This is usually where I apologize for not posting, but I’m not even going to go there today. I am but moments away from finishing my NaNo novel, California Girl. This baby’s come a long way, and the title doesn’t fit anymore. It’s been bothering me a lot lately, that ill-fitting title. I’m not sure… Continue reading Are You Ready?
About a week ago, I saw a post on the NaNoWriMo forums by a person who was looking for someone to help them edit their book. Helping people edit their books – or anything, really – being one of my all-time favorite things to do, I offered to help them out. I love editing, in… Continue reading Critique Partner Etiquette: a bit of a rant