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Reader Question: Are Editors Supposed to Catch Double Tagging?
Thursday, January 29th, 2015

In last week’s post Read This If You Want to Be a Better Writer, I talked about Joanna Bourne. who talked about double tagging dialogue, and Shelli asked a good question in the comments.

Are things like double tagging things your editor is suppose to recommend?

I started to reply on that post and realized my answer was running long, so I thought I’d answer it fully here.

It’s a really good question. And it has a short answer and a longer answer.

First answer, I wish!

Longer answer, not really. By the time writers submit to agents and editors, … Read More »

One Author’s Writing Expenses for 2013
Monday, February 3rd, 2014

This week, I sat down to calculate my writing expenses for 2013. This is the first year I’ve had a separate bank account for my business, and it made it so much easier to keep track of my expenses. I used my debit card for everything except for tips and vending machines while traveling, and I set up a account and created a “budget” for each of my spending categories.

I’m use the word “budget” loosely. I didn’t really have one last year because I didn’t have a good idea of what I spent in 2012. (I could have … Read More »

Writing “Not Right” and a Happy Release Day to Jenn Bennett
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Remember how I was all determined to get a lot of writing done after my post yesterday? Yeah. Not so much. I had a gazillion other little errands to do that I couldn’t put off. I wrote for a total of thirty minutes. Thirty. Minutes. Ugh.

And those thirty minutes were frustrating. I know exactly how I want my current project to read, but the words I’m choosing aren’t the right words. They’re not the right rhythm. They’re not the right pace. They’re not creating the right amount of tension.

They’re just not right.

It’s the weirdest thing. Since I know … Read More »

Quick Monday Update
Monday, February 6th, 2012

(Grr. My laptop just froze up on me. Had to rewrite this post. Usually, it only freezes when I move it, but I swear I didn’t do anything other than use the keyboard. This laptop is only 2.5 years old. It shouldn’t have these problems!)


I haven’t finished last week’s goal (note the singular noun), so that’s the goal for this week as well. Finish The Shattered Dark.

Am I still panicking? Yes. It’s due next Monday, and I still have a few big scenes to flesh out, including one I just discovered yesterday. The good news is I’m … Read More »