Spell and curses, potions and enchantments. I just love magic, don’t you? It makes the worlds and stories in the books we read just come alive. But creating that magic takes a little more effort than waving a wand and saying “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.” Not everyone makes their magic systems the same way, but IContinue reading “Making Magic (Systems)”
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Back in Action!
The Difficulty of Art
Art isn’t always pretty. And it certainly isn’t always easy. A brief update about what’s been going on lately.
Do All Writers Write Books?
Kate’s Writing Corner: Writing Habits
I’m creating a new section of videos that I’m calling “Kate’s Writing Corner”. It’s a place for me to answer (or try to, anyway) questions about writing! So if you have any questions you want me to answer, leave them in the comments below. Until next time, word nerds!
The Follow-Through Problem
Here’s the deal, friends. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in 1st grade. I started writing my first book in middle school. That was more than 10 years ago (and isn’t that weird to think about!) and in that time I’ve only finished two manuscripts. Now, that’s not to say it shouldContinue reading “The Follow-Through Problem”
Etiquette Lesson: Submission Series
Happy New Year, word nerds! I thought we’d start 2017 off with an etiquette lesson. After all, you want to make the best possible impression this year, don’t you? Unfortunately, my knowledge of manners is rather specialized, so I don’t know what good it will do those of you who aren’t sending in articles toContinue reading “Etiquette Lesson: Submission Series”
Preparing Your Story for Submission
Welcome, dear friends and readers, to the Hunger Games!… I mean, the submission series! Honestly, it can feel like a fight to the death when manuscripts are being evaluated. Which one is better? Which will be the last one standing? In this third installment of my submission success series, we’ll be looking at the bestContinue reading “Preparing Your Story for Submission”
Interview: Chandler Birch
I’ve got a special treat for you today, word nerds. But first, let me tell you a (short) story. Four years ago I was a tiny freshman at Taylor University in the Professional Writing program. Two years ahead of me was another student, Chandler Birch. I didn’t know him terribly well, but he was obviouslyContinue reading “Interview: Chandler Birch”
Crafting Your Cover Letter: Submission Series
Hey there word nerds! I’ve been pondering what sort of things to write about here on my blog and I came to a realization. I studied writing for 3.5 years. Now I’m an editor. I’m in a unique position of seeing the publication process from both sides. So I decided to start a series onContinue reading “Crafting Your Cover Letter: Submission Series”