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Elizabeth Spencer, Rambling about Writing. Mostly.
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Finding Motivation for Writing: Focusing Small Successes

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:00am
After years of writing, I’ve learned a very strange thing about myself: when I feel like garbage, a story isn’t working, and I know it needs a lot of work before it’s “done,” the absolute worst, most demoralizing thing I can think is “but imagine what it’ll be like when it’s published!” Yes, demoralizing. It […]

Fun with Formatting Novels: How MS Word’s Styles Can Make it Easier to Navigate and Convert Your Novels

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:00am
I spend an awful lot of time in Microsoft Word. It may not be the only word processing software out there, but there’s no denying that a lot of novels get written in it–and that a lot of people don’t know the useful things it can do. So let’s talk about styles and how you, […]

Learning How to Market Books (Post #1): Mailing Lists

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:00am
So, let’s be honest. I don’t know anything about marketing a book. This is decidedly Not a Very Good Thing, because I happen to have a book published by a small press. But–and this is the part where I admit my very embarrassing life lessons to the internet, where it will be engraved in stone […]

Word Repetition Counter: A Little Tool for Writers

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:00am
I’m having a heck of a time coming up with a post this week. So, here! Check out this Word Repetition Counter I made! Warning: I made it in JavaScript. I’m very new at JavaScript. If you break it, I won’t be surprised. Just tell me so I can fix it. Here’s how it works: […]

On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:00am
I attended the New England SCBWI writing conference back in April, and one of the most intriguing panels I attended–and the one that’s stayed with me the best–was called “And Then There Were More: The Art of Writing a Series with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette.” I’m a fantasy author, so–be it for better or for worse–series […]

All Writing is Not the Same: Why Writing One Kind of Thing Doesn’t Make You Good At Writing All Kinds of Things

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:00am
That title is a mess. It’ll have to do. As so many of my posts start, I read a thread the other day that asked “Will writing fiction improve your non-fiction writing skills?” This is a question I’ve seen a lot, in many different forms. And a lot of times, people answer with, “Sure! It […]

An Introduction to Editing: Structural Editing

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:00am
It’s been quite a while since my last Introduction to Editing post, so if you haven’t seen the first two, check them out! An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits Doing Your Pre-editing Research My last post went through the things you have to do before you make any changes: reading your […]

Review: How to Market a Book, by Joanna Penn

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:00am
(First, in unrelated news, check out the four-star Uncaged Book Review of my YA fantasy novel, Justice Unending! You can find it on page 98. And with that out of the way…) I have a confession: I don’t know anything about marketing. I started this blog and my author website several years ago, and proceeded […]

Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
I wanted to do a short post today. So let’s talk about something easy! Here’s the situation: You, like so many unfortunate people, might have been taught to put two spaces after every period, because that’s how it was done in the days of the typewriter. But alas, that’s not how it works anymore. When […]

Is this blog dusty, or is it just me?

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 6:24am
It’s been a while since my last post! I was in the middle of putting together a new post–a very short post–but thought I should address the elephant in the room: I haven’t posted in a while, have I? And… no. I have not. Unfortunately, I am very bad at two things: multitasking and managing […]