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Elizabeth Spencer, Rambling about Writing. Mostly.
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A Good Idea Won’t Get Your Story Published

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:00am
Within the writing world, you sometimes run into people who are obsessed with finding The Best Idea Ever. These are the folks who write posts like: I’m terrified to talk about my story because someone will steal my idea! I have an idea for a story that’s so good that it’s guaranteed to get me […]

Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:52am
I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don’t overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It’s common advice, and it’s not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. […]

My Experience with WriteOnCon 2018!

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:00am
WriteOnCon 2018 is officially over, and I attended about two and a half days of it. (Not that “attending” means tooooo very much when everything is online.) And now that it’s over, let’s talk about how it went! First thing’s first: what is WriteOnCon? WriteOnCon is an online writing convention for people writing children’s literature. […]


Wed, 01/31/2018 - 8:11am
WriteOnCon is coming up! This year, it’s running from February 9 to 11, Friday through Sunday. Haven’t heard of it before? Check it out. WriteOnCon is a writing convention for children’s book authors, including everything from picture books to New Adult. It’s also completely online, which means you don’t have to go anywhere–just register, sign […]

Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:00am
I looooove Sarah Andersen’s comics. They’re one of the only reasons I check Twitter, because I’m clearly not going to get over my social anxiety and talk to someone. This gem came out over the holidays. Let’s talk about it! pic.twitter.com/ZRxw1d13EV — Sarah Andersen (@SarahCAndersen) December 20, 2017 Practice! Practice. Practice. I want to keep […]

My 2017 Year in Review

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:00am
It’s 2018! You know what that means, right? It’s time for self-indulgent introspection! Let’s start by checking my 2017 resolutions and seeing how I did! My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions I did okay! Okay-ish? I did edit my new YA fantasy, the tentatively titled Garden in the Waves. It took WAY longer than I expected, […]

Learning How to Market Books #4: Learning more about Facebook

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00am
A month or so ago, I tried my first Facebook ad campaign. It was unimpressive. “That’s just what marketing’s like!” I told myself. “You never make back the money you put into ads. You’re paying for exposure!” I’m not yet convinced that’s wrong. When I see someone talking about making big bucks in marketing, I […]

Learning How to Market Books: I Take Back What I Said About Goodreads

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00am
I ran my first Goodreads giveaway back in October. I wrote about the experience here. I was pretty happy about it! I gave away 3 copies and 480 people put it on their to-read list. After one month, I haven’t seen any reviews (or sales) that I can attribute to it, but it only cost […]