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If Walls Could Talk

Every Wednesday, join me over at 18thWall Productions for my weekly writing advice column, If Walls Could Talk. Week to week, I cover writing advice, share something I learned in my writing, or whatever comes to mind.

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My publisher, editor, dear friend, and source of frustration, James Bojaciuk, thinks these are some of my best entries:

If Walls Could Talk: ‘Tis the Season for Editing, Falalalala la la laaaaa

Writers get attached to their work; if you’re doing your job right then you have to. You’re writing thousands of words about one character (or a group of characters) and expect the reader to get invested enough to stay until the end.

And sometimes what we think is best for that investment and connection is not actually what’s best.

Which is why having a good editor is so, so important to a writer.

That person who tells you no. The person that takes the red pen (or has Microsoft Word frequently set to red text) to your work and leaves you wondering if there is at least one page in this entire story that doesn’t have red ink on it.

If Walls Could Talk: Keep On Keeping On

The other most common problem I see in new writers is that they don’t realize that there are any problems in their writing. You think I’m exaggerating but I’ve seen people who are trying to make the jump from writing in their bedrooms to actually having their work out. There have been times where I’ve wondered if the writer is going to be able to handle the jump.

What do I mean by that?

When you let someone else take a look at your work, whether it’s a writing group or an editor or even a friend, it leaves you feeling a bit exposed. I’ve heard someone use the example that it’s like sitting there naked—and it’s not an incorrect comparison. Especially if you’re passionate about the subject, you put a piece of you into what you write and having someone sit there and judge it isn’t the most fun of experiences.

I’ve been doing it for years and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t get a lot easier.

If Walls Could Talk: Blasting Off with NaNoWriMo 2016

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, you’ve done one of the most important things you can do as a writer. You’ve told yourself that you’re going to sit down and write that book.