Writing Action: Act First, Explain Later

You may have heard the common writing craft advice: Act first, explain later.

This doesn't work out when you're pouring your fifth glass of wine and drunk-texting a confession to BFF about eating the last bag of Cheetos your husband had been pining for (I would never!).

But it's great if you're giving a story beginning or a scene instant momentum, engaging readers to follow something exciting, and showing how a character reacts or makes decisions under pressure. 

On Writing: DNF (Did Not Finish) is Better Than a Disappointing Ending

One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years in blogging is not to write about a subject if someone already wrote it better. It’s like that time I re-told a joke, except I fudged the ending and didn’t do it justice at all. (And for the first time, you hear what polite laughter sounds like.)

So, I’m pulling your attention to a lovely blog post, where Jenny Cruise talked about story beginnings and endings in a linear structured plot.

The Rewards and Pitfalls of Early Revision

In my last post, I mentioned why it can be beneficial to self-edit before we finish writing our first draft. If we leave big issues in the beginning, they're harder to fix later without breaking the story. Problems in a manuscript can snowball faster than your neighbor’s flooding bathtub leaking through your ceiling. 

Going back to fix a problem actually helped me move forward with a stronger story. But as we know, there are rewards as well as pitfalls to going back when we're trying to power through a manuscript.

Why You Should Self-Edit Before Finishing Your First Draft—Gasp!

As soon as you step outside in the morning, you see that raccoons overturned your garbage bins and left piles of trash all over your driveway. Cleaning it up left you frazzled and running late that you hit traffic. After an hour’s commute, you get to work and realize you forgot your security badge to enter the office.

How to Stay Creative When You Just Want to Abandon Your Work-In-Progress 

There are times when I need to pop open a bottle of wine at two o'clock in the afternoon and pull on my PJs with the limp elastic waist. (Just kidding, I’m wearing them right now.)

It’s that moment when we've gotten to the point where we not only hit a writing wall head-first, but we're begging for it to knock us out cold. Our creativity is running in the negative and we wondered what was so brilliant about our idea before.

Developmental Editing: How to Find the Right Editor for Your Book

With the changing publishing paradigm, it seems more than ever the number of freelance editors is growing. They’ve put up shop in all corners of the internet, their Open for Business signs blinking in Google Ad spaces. And with so many options, sometimes it’s difficult for writers to navigate and decide which developmental editor is right for them. How do you know what's best for your book?