Build Your Writing Stamina

Build Your Writing Stamina

When well-known authors are asked to describe their typical working day, it’s common for them to say they spend hours with their butts in their chairs. They show up to write in the same way they’d show up for a job that required them to work set hours.

A sample schedule: Every weekday, from nine to twelve, they write new material. They break for lunch and a walk. Then, from one to three, they work on revisions and rewrites.

That’s five hours of concentrated writing time, five days a week. Twenty-five hours of weekly writing.

How can they write for twenty-five hours a week when one hour maxes you out?

Studying Writer’s Craft: An Interview with Den Streeff

Studying Writer’s Craft: An Interview with Den Streeff

Learning about writer’s craft takes time and a great deal of effort. You have to find solid resources, study them, and practice what you’ve learned. Then try to synthesize that new knowledge in your own manuscript. So many authors feel pressure to publish quickly, so even if they want to learn more about writer’s craft, they end up skimping on their education.

I interviewed Den Streef to find out what motivates him to invest in writer’s craft study.

Early Readers Provide Critical Feedback

Early Readers Provide Critical Feedback

Most writers are aware they need to enlist the help of early readers to get critical feedback for their books, but it can be confusing to know what kind of reader you need and when you need them.

To be clear, having people read your manuscript before you publish it is an excellent idea. Not only will you receive valuable feedback, you’ll build your capacity to be vulnerable when you share your work.
Let’s dive into the different types of early readers you may need, when to utilize them, and the best strategies for ensuring the feedback you receive will be helpful.

Numbers in Books

Numbers in Books

The “rules” about how to style numbers still trip up veteran writers (and editors). There are a lot of rules, and numbers is one of the topics that style guides often have very different ways of handling, which adds to the confusion.

In the US book-publishing world, we use the Chicago Manual of Style to determine how to treat numbers in text, whether fiction or nonfiction.

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