News from afar

I guess I’ve been fortunate this year that long periods of silence on the blog have generally translated to great periods of productivity away from it. It’s been a while. I feel like I’m returning from a distant land, a bit like I did after I finished editing my novel, though it’s mostly just a … More News from afar

Writer’s Envy

People talk a lot about writer’s block but they don’t talk so much about writer’s envy, which is surely something many writers struggle with. Oh there’s a lot of it around! For years, when I was trying to finish a novel to a point that I was happy with it, I ached with envy for … More Writer’s Envy

The hook and the heart: pitching a novel to publishers and agents

Don’t worry, I’m not dead. The past few months of silence here on when paper met pen was just me finishing my novel. (CUE TRUMPETS CHAMPAGNE FIREWORKS ETC) And boy was it intense. I went through about eight major drafts, each of which included significant revisions to the plot, characters, or structure. I did three … More The hook and the heart: pitching a novel to publishers and agents