Do you write in longhand first and then type your manuscript into a computer? Some people say they are more creative that way. What do you think?
In case you haven’t already heard the news, Amazon is starting a new platform for serial stories, called Kindle Vella. To start, it will only be available in the United States, but my guess is that it will expand its reach if it is successful. Readers will be able to …
Where do you write? Is it somewhere more comfortable than this?
What fills your tank? What keeps you going?
Sometimes in my conversations with authors, I find out that their families don’t support them. Often family members don’t understand, and sometimes they actively oppose the authors’ work. I’ve heard authors say that their spouse forbids them to write. I find that very sad, and I’m frustrated on their behalf. These are people who work full-time jobs to pay the bills, participate in family activities, and just want an hour or two of alone time each week. I wonder if they would be allowed to have a hobby other than writing. Would they be allowed to watch sports on TV? Play a musical instrument? Go jogging? Read? Or are they not entitled to any time to pursue their own interests no matter what they are? If this describes you, I want to remind you that your writing matters. Don’t give up!
Tell me about your work in progress. Is it fiction or nonfiction? What genre? Funny, dramatic, suspenseful…?
How do you keep track of all your ideas? Share in the comments to inspire others.
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Although it is an editor’s job to catch all of your mistakes and omissions, editors are still human. The more overwhelmed they are with all the little things that you could have fixed yourself, the less energy they will have for the things you wouldn’t have caught. Help them to help you by making your manuscript as clean as possible.