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Wicked Writing Wednesday

February 15, 2017


 Happy Wednesday everyone!  In the past few weeks, I've gotten quite a few emails and messages asking if I might ever post writing tips and tricks on my website.  After mulling it over for a while, I decided I'd try out a weekly workshop on my blog and see what the turn-out looks like.  If it looks like people are interested, I'd happily continue doing this every week for the foreseeable future.


Basically, you can participate in and enjoy this workshop whether you're a writer, a reader, or an astronaut.  I'll make it an entertaining read for you either way, I promise.  ;)


Fair warning though: if you don't like cursing (especially the F-word), snark, or crazy romance authors, you should probably start running now.  Like, far, far away.


If you're here to learn how to sell a lot of books, market them, and make social connections in the industry...you've found the wrong blog.  Go see J.A. Huss because she has some straight-up killer marketing strategies and her blog posts are totally worth the read.  Also, I will definitely and most assuredly offend some people or rub them the wrong way with this post.  That is not my intention; I love you all; I love my writing community, my readers, and my fellow authors.  This is just how I see the world, right or wrong, black or white.  It's all perspective, darling.


First off, I'd like to start with a few quick terms before we jump into Wicked Writing Workshop #1 (I'll keep these babies labelled and archived so you can navigate back to them pretty easily, and also find workshops that you might've missed).  Also, please keep in mind that there is NO ONE WAY to write or tell a story.  If somebody tells you that, they are lying.  There are as many ways to write and craft a novel as there are people in this world.  I know authors who write in a notebook, shelve it, and then rewrite the whole thing as best they can from scratch on the computer, without ever referencing the first draft again.  I know other authors who plan their entire book from start to finish with web charts and diagrams.


I will do neither of those two things.


Okay, so you know "Project Runway", right?  Of course you do.  If you don't, you need to quickly open a new tab on your browser and start Googling that shit.  Anyway, you know how on "Project Runway" there's always that snooty contestant who went to Such-And-Such A La Fancy-Pants School of Design?  And then there's that other one that's all, "I've never been classically trained, but I taught mysel