Let’s Talk About Writing – Dust Off Those Vocal Chords

The title says it all. Dust off those vocal chords, because today we’re going to be talking about the benefits of reading your writing aloud!

“But Leighton,” you say, “why would I have to read my writing aloud? The whole point of reading is that it’s done silently.” To that, I say: Tell that to the audio book listeners out there. No, but seriously, this advice that I have to give you has nothing to do with whether your book will be read aloud someday or not (which, it totally will). It has to do with making your book the best it can be. That may also seem confusing, though. Like, how could reading a manuscript aloud make it better? Well, it helps in a few ways. Allow me to enlighten you.

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No “Right” Answer? More Debating Over Self vs. Traditional Publishing

I know, I know. We all thought I had my answer. Self-Publishing was definitely the way to go when it came to The Caspian Chronicles, right? Right? Well, maybe not. I don’t know. The last time I was so torn on a decision, I was trying to figure out if I should break up with my high school boyfriend or not (I did). That was three years ago… today, actually. Wow. Time flies. Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that apparently this is the time of year when I question my decisions in life, and this year’s dilemma is the self vs. traditional publishing one.

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Burning Myself out with My Writing

Yeesh, it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to write out a blog post like this. Over a month, in fact. There’s something freeing about this type of post, where I can just sit down and let whatever I’m feeling pour out. I don’t need to worry about you guys not gathering everything I’m saying because there isn’t really anything for you to gather. I guess what I mean is that I’m not teaching, I’m just talking. It’s hella relaxing, I’ll tell you what.

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31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep: Day 23 – How Do I Edit My Own Work?

Are you guys ready to edit? Because today’s Day 23 of “31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep”, which means it’s time to learn how to edit your own work! I know, I know, you want to hop right into today’s lesson, but first I’ve gotta say… If you’re new here and you haven’t read the other 22 posts in this EPIC series, you can catch up here, or you can watch the corresponding YouTube videos here. Okay, now we can do this thing.

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Writing is Work (and Work is Hard)

Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of people in my life seem to discredit the fact that my writing–and everything that goes along with it, from research to marketing and more–is actually work. I’ve had people say to me, over and over again, “Wow, you’re so lucky, you just get to sit around and write all day!” And, I mean, yeah. I am lucky. Or, at least, I will be when that’s my full time job and I’m able to support myself with it. But, the thing is, even when I do reach that point, it isn’t going to be all fun and games. In fact, it’ll be less fun and games than it is right now.

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The Allure of the Shiny Thing

“The allure of the shiny thing” is a term coined by the writing professor I had for my first two semesters here at college, Marcia Brenner. This magnificent woman (a woman who graced the world with my favorite quote of all time: “Trump is like the Krampus of politics. We got him because we were bad.”) has bestowed upon me most of the life-changing knowledge about writing that I’ve gained so far while I’ve been attending college. All of my other teachers are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s Marcia that has literally changed my writing life for the better. She’s the one who taught me about rewrites, and the different writing forms, and the allure of the shiny thing.

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A Fuller, Richer Telling (AKA The Fruits of My Rewriting Labor)

So a while ago I made a post about how I was working on a rewrite of my novel. Remember? I was super hyped about it? Well… I’M STILL HYPED! Y’all, I’m so excited about how this rewrite is going. It just feels like the one, you know? Like, this is it. I mean, I’ll still need to go through everything I’ve written after this and do a few minor edits, but this is definitely the version I’m going to be sending off to agents. That’s enough to push me faster than ever toward the finish line.

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