Welcome to the latest edition of my occasional interview series “How Tho?!” in which I ask cool writers doing amazing work about their writing path and process. Today I’m chatting with S.J. Whitby, author of the Cute Mutants series (now, with their first multi-author anthology in the world, legitimately the Cute Mutants Extended Universe!) SJ … Continue reading SJ Whitby on Self-Pub, Superheroes, and Series Writing
The edit letter: words that strike fear into the hearts of many an author. We are sensitive creatures, we writers, and never so sensitive as when we put our work into the hands of critics. We know editors and critique partners want our work to reach its highest potential, but it doesn’t take the sting … Continue reading How to Learn to Relax and Love the Edit Letter (Kind of)
Read on for an excerpt from Cambion’s Blood! My debut year has come and gone. In a way, it’s nice to be able to say that. There’s so much expectation and pressure wrapped up in first-time authorship. I wrote here extensively about my debut experience. It was a wild year of ups and downs, lessons … Continue reading Debut No More: Why the Second Book Hits Different
The internet is full of craft advice for writers. Some of it is even good advice. All of it purports to make your writing better, more readable, more relatable, more salable. I’m not talking about grammar advice, like how to punctuate dialogue. That’s a mechanical skill. It’s mostly objective, at least within its specific context … Continue reading Don’t Let Craft Advice Silence Your Authorial Voice
Welcome to the second edition of “How Tho,” my new blog interview series in which I pick the brains of fellow creatives and publishing pros on aspects of craft, community, and how they go about doing the amazing things they do. I love to get people talking about their unique paths and creative passions. To … Continue reading Interview: Lin Codega on Queer Pop Culture Journalism
Writing has no age restrictions. This should go without saying. And yet. Every few weeks, it seems, the discourse comes around again. Specifically, it tends to revolve around the age of debut authors in particular. Usually it starts because someone relatively young comments that they feel like they have to get their first book deal … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late (or Early) to Start Your Writing Career
Happy Friday the 13th! I meant to get this published earlier today but completely spaced on it last night, because that is how my May is going. Whee! This is the second edition of my so-far monthly Recommended Reads series. Check out April’s Recommended Reads here. Longform Love: Writing in Scary Times and Emotional Logic … Continue reading Recommended Reads for May 13
For the first time this year, five months into my weekly blogging project, I find I have nothing to say that feels worth saying. Not about writing, anyway. Be warned: it’s about to get dark in here. It didn’t help that this week slammed me with a migraine that didn’t respond to meds and from … Continue reading When Writing for Joy Doesn’t Cut It, Rage Is All I Have
I said what I said. Authors love to suffer. We must, otherwise we wouldn’t put ourselves through so much torture, right? Writers know all about the tightrope between pleasure and pain. We walk it constantly. Our chosen calling asks us to lay ourselves on the line, flay our hearts on the page, and publicly expose … Continue reading Authors Are Masochists and We All Need Aftercare
The more things stay the same, the more they change. What? No, I didn’t accidentally write that backwards. Because the thing about growth, about learning, is that it doesn’t travel in a straight line. It often doesn’t feel like growth in the moment. It often feels circular, like repetition, like return. It can feel like … Continue reading Growth Is a Spiral: Repetition and Return in Practice
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