The Curse of the First-Time Author: Ugly Drafts

Has this ever happened to you? You’re a first-time author with an idea for a story, a book, an article, a blog post, and in your head it sounds perfect. All your ideas come to you with lightning speed. You’ve really hit on something! Not wanting to let the idea get cold, you rush to type the brilliant sentences filling your brain. You write and write, only to discover that what came out on the page is awful — truly horrible — something a third grader would be ashamed of. So what happened between the brilliant idea in your head and the clunky prose laying like road kill on your page?… Read More

3 Reasons Non-Fiction Authors Should Blog. 5 Steps to Become Your Own Best Editor.

If you’re like many writers, getting that first draft down can give you a rush of excitement. The words flow freely, the ideas come at lightning speed, the book seems to be coming together just as you had in your head. But then you read it back and — oh, boy, does it need fixing! The thought of cleaning up the “mess” you created is about as appealing as cleaning out a garage stuffed with a quarter century of accumulated stuff — and just as overwhelming. 5 steps to editing your own writing… Read More