The Only Habit You Need as a Writer

The Only Habit You Need as a Writer

You’ve probably heard this before and know it deep in your gut. It’s not earth shattering news, but people seem to be struggling with amnesia about it lately, so I’m going to repeat myself.

If you want to improve as a writer, if you want to grow in your craft, there’s only one way to do so. You must…

How to Get a Literary Agent (When You’re a Newbie)

How to Get a Literary Agent (When You’re a Newbie)

Most everyone seeking traditional publication would love a well-known literary agent. Someone big, who can get you a huge advance on your book(s) and negotiate an iron-clad contract in your best interest.

However, I learned a valuable lesson from my own experience. When querying agents, keep in mind…

How to Switch Gears from Writing to Editing

How to Switch Gears from Writing to Editing

I recently finished the first draft of the second book in my series. I’ve typed The End, so now it’s time to switch gears. I plan to set that manuscript aside for four to six weeks, then go back and read with fresh eyes and start revising.

During the interim, I plan to finalize the first in my series: implementing the revisions from the editor I hired, paying a copy editor for a final review (typos, grammar and spelling errors), writing the back jacket copy, then hiring a graphic design artist to create my front cover.

It’s all quite exciting, but there’s just one small problem.

How to Overcome Writer’s Block While You Sleep

How to Overcome Writer’s Block While You Sleep

I recently dreamed that The Write Practice owner, Joe Bunting, Monica Clark (TWP regular contributor), and I were trapped in a room together overnight. We had to write 100 different blog posts until dawn…or, we died.

I know it sounds silly, but you know how dreams are. It was writing until the death, people! I awoke in a sweat.

Here’s the kicker: Joe wore a mustard-colored matador costume the entire time, complete with the bedazzled knickers and little black hat. I paused occasionally from our brainstorming to persuade him to change into regular clothes, but he refused because it made him more creative.

The next day, I realized….