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Similes and metaphors in writing
December 16, 2016
Drafting & Editing
Welcome back to my third installment of the revision series where I share tips and tricks I learned during my time in #PitchWars! Last week, we talked about filler and filter words, so if you need a refresher, be sure to check it out. Today, we're going to cover similes and metaphors in writing. Mainly, when to u...
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Every writer's curse — filler & filter words
December 9, 2016
Drafting & Editing
Welcome back and thanks for reading! This week on my revision series, we're going to look into the use of filler and filter words. I'm fairly certain this is an issue for all writers, regardless of POV, tense, genre, category, etc., but as someone who just finished a first-person, past-tense novel, a lot of my exa...
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Character sheets & mannerisms
December 2, 2016
Drafting & Editing
It's officially December! In the spirit of giving, I've decided to do a weekly blog post with revision hints and tips that I've learned throughout the Pitch Wars process. Some things I discovered while working with my CP and beta readers, others (and let's be honest, most) I learned from my talented mentor. So ...
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The final countdown: PitchWars agent showcase
November 2, 2016
Writing Contests
November 3 is tomorrow, and that means the PitchWars agent showcase is practically here. I've been knee-deep in editing for the past few months, hence my lack of posts and significant dive in social media (sorry, Klout). I've learned so much about my craft and what it takes to truly shine my MS. Post PitchWars, I'...
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PitchWars 2016 mentee courtesy of Layla Reyne
August 25, 2016
Writing Contests
For those of you who have been following the PitchWars frenzy, you all know that last night, the sly Brenda Drake released this year's mentee picks early (you wily girl, you). I've been working overtime to polish my MS and make it shine for potential mentors. So as you can imagine, the possibility of being a Pitc...
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Trends I've noticed during writing contests
August 17, 2016
Writing Contests
Let me preface this by saying I am but a humble writer with aspirations of becoming a novelist. I'm not a mentor (something one might find in Brenda Drake's amazing Pitch Wars contest). I haven't penned a best seller. I'm not agented. One day, I hope to be a mentor with a wondrously amazing novel and a kick-ass ag...
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PitchWars 2016 mentee bio
June 28, 2016
Writing Contests
Guys, it's that time of year again. PitchWars fever has taken over Twitter, and I've decided to jump on that train. Again. Because let's be real — I love riding at high speeds toward potential critiques that could drastically improve my project. So without further ado, here is my 2016 mentee bio. Bring. It. On....
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New Year's resolutions for writers
January 5, 2016
Drafting & Editing
With the brink of 2016 comes resolutions of all shapes in sizes. There are resolutions for writers (that's me!), for fitness junkies, for the every day average joe, and more. I've got a few in mind for myself — how about you? Mainly, I've got two things I'd like to accomplish: compete in a bikini competition and...
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Manuscript critique
November 23, 2015
Drafting & Editing
Well, I've done it. I've written yet another novel, and now it's time for a good ole fashioned manuscript critique. It's completely separate from my previous novels, but still sticks to my preferred genre (urban fantasy, romance). Honestly, I didn't intend for this to happen — I used to marvel at people on Twitt...
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Finding a great editor for my manuscript
October 22, 2015
Drafting & Editing
Hi, all! It's been a while since I've last posted, but I've got some fun information to share about finding and working with editors. When I first finished my MS, I took to Elance in the hopes of finding an editor for an MS critique. I was still fairly new to the writing scene, and I'd yet to discover the wonder...
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