So You Want To Be A Writer

I am in no way qualified to give advice on writing or being a writer. I can tell you what other writers say, what my mentors have said about the craft; I can impart bits of my own experience and tell you what has and has not worked for me. But just like the hero's journey, the writer must find his or her own path.

That said, feel free to enjoy these rambling posts:

Lesson One: BICHOK (Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard)

Lesson Two: Finish What You Write

Lesson Three: The Canon (Really good books about writing you should own)

Lesson Four: Beginning the Journey (How to start a story)

Sidebar: "It's a Book About Nothing" (Seinfeld, romance, blah blah blah)

It's All About CONFLICT

Goal, Motivation and FRICKIN' CONFLICT

This is the Year...(Your Pledge to Write and complete a project!)

Rejection: An Interview with Harlequin Superromance Senior Editor Victoria Curran
Anatomy of a Rejection--What's Love Got to Do with It? (On romantic conflict)
Anatomy of a Rejection, Part II--"Resist the Urge to Explain"
Anatomy of a Rejection, Part III--Modernize and Tone Down Cliche Characters
Anatomy of a Rejection, Part IV--Just Keep Swimming (Overcoming rejection)
Anatomy of a Rejection--Postscript (More from Victoria via Pink Ladies)

Herding Plot Bunnies (How to manage rapidly multiplying story ideas)

Backtrack to Fast-Track (Know where you've been so you know where you're headed)

When Words Fail (Overcoming Writer's Block)

More Than a Seeming and Feeling (On making description stronger by eliminating seeming and feeling)

How to Change Hats Without Losing Your Mind: On Writing When You're an Editor (via the Harlequin Editorial Week Blog, Nov. 2010)

CBC Podcast on Romance 101, as hosted by the Toronto Romance Writers

The Line Edit: Lessons Learned from My Editor
The Line Edit: Resist the Urge to Explain (plus a sneak peek at Her Son's Hero)
The Line Edit: People Are Not All Head and Shoulders
The Line Edit: Live in the Moment

Second Book Syndrome and Facing Rejection After Getting Published

Not a Writing Lesson: On the Judy Mays Controversy (and journalistic ethics)

On the Romance "Formula"

Detail Your Manuscript for Maximum Performance

7 Writing Reminders

Storified #romancewritingtips from @VickiEssex: mainly regarding romantic conflict

So You Want to Write for Harlequin

Character 101:  Building Complex, Interesting, Memorable Characters