On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success

Originally posted on Victoria (V.E.) Schwab:
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post over on Tumblr about success. I’d just walked into a bookshop in Edinburgh, hoping, as many author do, to spot my own work tucked away somewhere on the shelf. When I found not one, but two major displays–a table stand and a wall runner–I stood very still, trying to make a memory, and then, realizing I couldn’t be counted on, I snapped a photo instead. The photo doesn’t do the feelings justice. These days I see my name paired more and more with the words… Continue reading On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success

Now I know

Originally posted on J. A. Allen:
There’s a reason people tell you the first draft shouldn’t take any longer than three months. All right, all right, calm down–they’re not saying it should be good. Everyone who’s written anything knows the first draft is always garbage. (In my case, the quality of the second and most of the third draft are also highly questionable.) But, it turns out there’s a reason for most advice “they” give about writing. I’m talking about the standard advice for fledgling authors: Start with short stories and work your way up. Accept that your writing will be crap at first. Finish… Continue reading Now I know

Monday Muse: On a Tuesday!

Originally posted on Nerd Cactus:
Greetings! Apologies for being late with this blog. Apparently, today is Tuesday. I’m losing my days. Staying up all night editing/reviewing yours and your friend’s works will throw you off something fierce. Combine that with your post-surgical dog suffering from complications that cause him to moan all night (before anyone asks, we have an appointment with a specialist–we’re not animal abusers) and, well, I thought today was Monday. But it is, in fact, Tuesday, so that means I’m late for this thing. Apologies again. Today I want to write about writing prompts. You know…the kind… Continue reading Monday Muse: On a Tuesday!