Today I got my first rejection for my current manuscript. It’s not my first ever rejection and I know that when it comes to writing being rejected isn’t usually a reflection on your work. Having your manuscript accepted is all about finding the right publisher at the right time, but rejection still stings. I wanted [...]


“Captain, we’re receiving transmission” he jumps from his seat in surprise. “What? No, we can’t be. It’s been months” “See for yourself. It’s uploading right now. Narrative in an attempt to disguise painfully bad blogging abilities” “I thought she was lost in those The Illuminae Files books, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. She was [...]

The Waiting Game

I took a step forward in my journey to becoming a published writer this week. I hit send and released my manuscript into the great unknown. I have every confidence in my story, I allowed other eyes to cross-examine it before taking this chance, but I don't think it will ever stop being terrifying that [...]

Writing Characters out

Writing Characters out

For me the decision to erase a character’s existence completely is harder than writing a death scene. It is often necessary to make the story the best it can be. During the first draft, characters may be spread thin, one for each role and often this leaves the story feeling disjointed. I wrote two major [...]

My Mind Matters

When you take writing classes, or even scrolling through Pinterest, as an unpublished writer you are bombarded with the idea of creating an online identity for yourself. A platform to collect an audience and eventually promote your books. This is a concept I have struggled with since I took a “Building your Author Platform” at [...]

Note to Self #1

This is only your first novel. You plan on writing until the last breath escapes your lungs, right? You can’t imagine what it would feel like to not spend the vast majority of your time living in a fictional world with people of your own creation, right? You want this to be a career, right? [...]