13 Stages of Writing a Novel

Be a writer, they said. It will be easy, they said.

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Don’t Be a Writer, Be Writing

Being a writer is romantic. It’s dramatic. It’s a great conversation starter at parties. Being a writer carries an air of mystery that doesn’t reveal just how many light nights you spent crouched over your edits or pacing around your bedroom looking for names, conflicts, titles or anything that might help you crack through your writer’s block. On paper, if you’ll pardon the pun, being a writer seems like a pretty easy gig.

Damn Hard Writing

From the outside, writing doesn’t look too hard. After all, I spent eight to ten hours a day on my computer, doing the thing I love most in the world. What could be difficult about that? I get to research unique and interesting things, and tell the stories that I want to tell. It’s the dream job.

And it is the dream job, but it’s sure as hell not an easy one.

Fly By the Seat of Your Pants

Plotters plot and pansters fly by the seat of their pants. I have done both in many genres of writing, including both fiction and nonfiction, and let me tell you–I will never be a pantser. 

The Cafe is Not the Office

When writing is your passion and not your job, maybe it’s still fun and cool to cuddle up in an oversized plush couch and watch the world out a rainy window, but when you’re trying to run a business and meet deadlines and manage several manuscripts at once, writing at a cafe is tantamount to doing surgery on a rollercoaster.

Runaway Writer

Because I am a mad scientist writer with my hand in several pots all at the same time, I need to be organized. Really freaking organized.

Why I Do Book Challenges

I’ve seen a lot of people wondering about book challenges, so I thought I’d cover the benefits of a big book challenge and why I do them!

What’s the Deal With Audiobooks?

But many years have passed and my love for the romance audiobook has grown out of control. Here are some of the reasons I swear by audiobooks.

Writing When It Hurts

Sometimes, we are faced with the everyday human suffering that can throw a wrench into even the most distinguished of plans. Crossing our t’s and dotting our i’s cannot prevent life from taking its course.