First page #WriteTips: Page One Blitz

Today, I’ve been asked to be a part of the Page One Blitz by the lovely Michelle at Freshly Squeezed. So, here they are: my tips for a strong first page. It’s really no surprise that the first page of a book is of great importance. Whether you’re an agent, an editor, or even someone…

Let’s Make It Count (word numbers matter)

I’m lucky enough to be a writer and an editor. Also, just like everybody else, I work, I have family and social commitments, and two slightly crazy dogs who keep me occupied with glamorous tasks such as cleaning up doggy-do, cleaning up pieces of their destroyed toys, and occasionally cleaning up pieces of my clothing…

Motivation: what every editor wishes you knew

I’ve recently been doing a lot of structural editing, and have redrafted my own novel, The Problem With Crazy, and I feel like one slippery little sucker I keep running into is motivation. I’m not talking about overall motivation, not should-the-hobbits-destroy-the-Ring motivation, more short-term emotional kind of stuff–and I’m just as guilty at not following…

Coastal Romance Blog Hop

When it comes to writing inspiration, for me it doesn’t get much more beautiful than the ocean. Having lived on the coast all my life (specifically, a place called the Central Coast) I’ve always enjoyed taking time out to go for a walk near the ocean. When I can’t find the words, a walk there…

NaNo tips: Lauren’s list

I have started NaNo for the third time in three years, and I am having some serious NaNo-doubt. I don’t know that I can get it done. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m a big advocate of ‘You can’t find the time, you have to make the time.’ And then the busiest month…