Category Archives: Newbie Network

From Word Vomit to Second Drafts in 187 Easy Steps

on January 22, 2015

Word Vomit. Show up and throw up. The Vomit Draft. We’ve all heard the vomit analogies for first drafts—writers are nothing if not descriptive. I’m not really going to tell you how to get from vomit to the second draft. Unless I’ve read your work and understand your writing process, my advice would only be more

So You’ve Finished the Book – Now What?

on December 19, 2014

When I emerged from my writer’s garret about a year ago, my ink-stained fingers shielding my eyes from the blinding sun, I was faced with the eternal writer’s question. My book is finished. Now what do I do? OK, so I don’t really have a garret, and my fingers weren’t ink-stained. Since I live in

Winning a Writing Contest Means You’re Perfect

on December 1, 2014

A mere $25-35 fee is a small price to pay for thoughtful, courteous critique from seasoned (and often published) writers. That’s how it went in my head, anyway, before I attended RWA#14 and eavesdropped on enough conversations to discover there are some horror stories out there. From what I heard (or overhead), entering a writing

Write What You…Know?

on November 23, 2014

We all have our own paths to stumble down—our own truths to encounter on our journey to becoming writers. For me, it began with the simple adage: Write What You Know.