Author: Monique Jacob

It Takes a Community

It Takes a Community

Writing is a lonely job. I wish I was one of those writers who can sit in a busy coffee shop and scribble away with dozens of conversation snatches floating by, but I’m too easily distracted by what’s going on around me. Here’s a conversation I once ... Read More »

Those Early Readers

In Those Early Drafts, I looked at the sometimes complex task of getting a messy first draft edited and refined into a legible manuscript. I briefly touched on the importance of reader input in the early editing process of a story and thought those r... Read More »

Those Early Drafts

Those Early Drafts

Tye Dye Voodoo When is a story fit to be read? It depends on who’s reading it. Your family may seem genetically programmed to love every word you write. A potential publisher, not so much. By the time you submit your manuscript for publishing, it bet... Read More »

Follow-Up and Follow Through

Writing a blog about writing has led me to a lot of cool websites and other writing blogs. I’ve found more tools than I’ve ever had to help me get my stories written. As I’ve researched individual topics, I’ve discovered some great resources that I w... Read More »

How Young is a Young Adult?

The science fiction novels I read as a teen weren’t written for that age group. The themes were adult, as were the character dynamics and main issues. There just weren’t enough young adult books to keep me satisfied – at least any that spoke to the ... Read More »

Life Cycle of a Novel

Life Cycle of a Novel

Some writers work from an outline, others just wing it. They start at page one and write one scene after another, with only a vague idea of where they’re headed. I know a guy who’s been working on his medieval war novel for nearly ten years, an endle... Read More »

An Interview with Author Astra Crompton

An Interview with Author Astra Crompton

Writing a novel is a huge amount of work. A giant commitment and accomplishment that shouldn’t go to waste – especially if it’s good stuff. But the lineups at the doors of the traditional publishing houses get longer all the time and the manuscripts ... Read More »

Buddy, can you spare some time?

Writing a book takes up a good chunk of your time, something that’s always in short supply. With the busy lives we lead it’s a wonder any books get written at all, but someone is finding the time to slap some words down because new books pop up every... Read More »

The Long and the Short Of It

So you’ve got this great idea bouncing around in your head. It’s been following you around for a while now. You’ve worked out a few details, maybe sketched a basic outline, and now it’s time to actually sit down and write a story. Will it be a snappy... Read More »

I’ve Got This Idea…

When I was a kid I was awed by the adult section of the library. So many books! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Where would I start? I was a voracious reader and by the time I was finally allowed to borrow from the main floor I’d long run ou... Read More »

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