Reblog: When Good Advice Goes Bad #amwriting


Life in the Realm of Fantasy

The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a broader vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds etc., etc. Most of us don’t have the money to embark on an MFA program in writing. Instead, we educate ourselves as well as we can.

Jack Kerouak on writing LIRF07252022Even if you have an MFA degree, you could spend a lifetime learning the craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject. We join writing groups, buy books, and most importantly, read. We analyze what we have read and figure out what we liked or disliked about it. Then, we try to apply what we learned to our work.

Most writing advice is good because it reinforces what we need to know about the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations.

The same advice can…

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Reblog: Three Hard Lessons Learned While Editing


I’m several weeks into Round One of edits on The Remarkables, and so far it’s been a wild experience—far more challenging than I’d anticipated. I want to share three hard lessons I’ve learned so far from editing.

And then, for fun, I’ll share some tempting tidbits of 19th-century trivia.

Editing Lesson 1: Prepare Yourself for Murder

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Ali Stegert

I’m several weeks into Round One of edits on The Remarkables, and so far it’s been a wild experience—far more challenging than I’d anticipated. I want to share three hard lessons I’ve learned so far from editing.

And then, for fun, I’ll share some tempting tidbits of 19th-century trivia.

Editing Lesson 1: Prepare Yourself for Murder

Ever since I set out on my writing dream in 2010, getting to work with an editorial team has been my most highly anticipated goal. It’s been a long wait but so worth it. Talk about a Dream Team! I get to work with editor + YA author Kesia Lupo!

What’s being asked of me is significant. This is no spit-and-polish edit. It’s a major overhaul. Biggest on the list is the directive to the change the text from YA to MG (young adult to middle grade). This means shortening the story…

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Out 30th June: Wanted for Exploration, Trained for Lust


Wanted for Exploration, Trained for Lust is due for release on 30th June 2023.

Want to know how William and Carol get into BDSM before they get together and go to the slave auction in Wanted for Pleasure, Trained for Sin?

You can pick this up on kindle or paperback from Amazon from $2.99.

Reblog: Quirks & Stuff – Things to Keep in Mind while Character Building — Des M. Astor


Image by Prawny from Pixabay One of the most important things to me when it comes to writing and reading is a well-made character. As you can see from my extensive character page, I put a lot of work into backstory and appearance for mine. I have a certain brand, and I’m happy to show […]

Quirks & Stuff – Things to Keep in Mind while Character Building — Des M. Astor

Reblog: Writing a Novel in 3 Months – Is It Crazy?


Interesting thoughts on writing a novel in 3 months.

E.J. Robison

If you’re a writer and you don’t follow Reedsy, what are you doing?

Seriously, Reedsy is an incredible resource. It’s kind of hard to define exactly what it is because it’s pretty much everything a writer needs! Their blog talks about everything writing-related, from how to come up with a story idea to where and how to get your book published, not to mention all of the resources they provide, like worksheets and writing prompts. They even host small writing contests all the time! They also have courses you can take on writing and publishing topics. And they host live interviews on all sorts of writing things with various authors. There’s even a marketplace where writers, editors, designers, and more can offer their services and others can buy them! (I’m actually in the process of joining the marketplace as a writer, ghostwriter, and/or editor, so I’ll keep you updated…

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Reblog: The three-step process for successful self-editing #amwriting


Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Last week I was asked about my self-editing/revision process. I do have a method that works for me, but it’s time-consuming. There is no magic bullet for this.

toolsIn some ways, novels are machines. Internally, each book is comprised of many essential components. If one element fails, the story won’t work the way I envision it.

So, what are these parts?

  • Characterization,
  • Dialogue,
  • Mechanics (grammar/punctuation),
  • Pacing,
  • Plot,
  • Prose,
  • Theme,
  • Transitions.

I began this journey knowing nothing about how a novel is constructed internally. I wanted to write stories, but they never came out the way I saw them in my head.

Plot-exists-to-reveal-characterSo, realizing I knew nothing was the first positive thing I did for myself. I made it my business to learn all I could, even though I will never achieve perfection.

Writing is a craft where the bar is raised with every success. Each achievement you make pushes the…

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