A Word about Word Count in Fiction

I seem to be obsessed with word count. I don’t mean that I worry about my stories having specific word counts, but I keep wondering how many words long a story is. “How many words?” is the first question I have when people talk about their writing. Many years ago, when I first started tryingContinue reading “A Word about Word Count in Fiction”

What Does “the Indie way” Mean?

When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was trying to accomplish. I mostly just wanted a website to share information about my self-published book(s). A blog was just something WordPress.com gave you automatically, whether you wanted one or not, and I hadn’t been planning on using it much.Continue reading “What Does “the Indie way” Mean?”

Writing: endings and beginnings

With the year 2020 about to become the year 2021, I’m starting to think about finishing up old projects and starting new ones. That goes for all kinds of projects, from cleaning the house to trying new foods, but since this website is mostly about writing, I’d like to talk about the beginning and theContinue reading “Writing: endings and beginnings”

The Writing Process: When you need an idea but

When you need an idea, but there don’t seem to be any in your head. This happens to me fairly often. I wouldn’t say I get Writer’s Block, but sometimes I just don’t have any ideas for a blog post. This mostly happens with nonfiction topics. When this occurs, I often just start typing. ForContinue reading “The Writing Process: When you need an idea but”

A Letter to Letters

Dear Letters, It’s writing Wednesday, and I used to write you on Wednesdays every week. I tried to be philosophical, funny, factual, or just plain foolish. Do you think I should bring you back as a regular feature? You know, maybe between writing advice posts? Oh, my phone’s ringing. “Hello, this is Hyacinth, who’s calling?”Continue reading “A Letter to Letters”

Writing Advice: What to do when an Editor sends you your edited manuscript

It’s time. You’ve sent your manuscript to an Editor, you’ve waited while they’ve been working, and now they’ve just sent you your manuscript. Like me, you’re probably kind of nervous about opening that document. Don’t be. (No, I don’t take this advice. I’m always going to be nervous, no matter how many times I doContinue reading “Writing Advice: What to do when an Editor sends you your edited manuscript”

NaNoWriMo in 17 days and following my own Writing Advice

If you go to my Fiction page, you can read my NaNoWriMo 2020 novel in seventeen posts. They’re longreads, so you might want to save them or even print them out. Some days, I wrote only one chapter, but there were a few days when I wrote two, or even three chapters. I had originallyContinue reading “NaNoWriMo in 17 days and following my own Writing Advice”