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Things Writers Know


Most important thing writers know: Writers gotta write.

  1. Writers know submission guidelines matter, even if the guidelines make absolutely no fucking sense. They want you to send your story in Comic Sans? You send it to them in Comic Sans.
  2. Writers know they can’t edit their own work.
  3. Writers know everyone is a potential character. When they speak with people, they’re often paying extra attention to dialog and expressions.
  4. If there are strange dynamics going on between friends or colleagues, a writer will pick up on that. And think about how to put it in her book.
  5. If someone says something extremely witty or profound, a writer might steal it. When I do it, I usually tell people about that. It makes them happy.
  6. Writers know Scrivener is the best program for novel writing. Non-writers typically haven’t heard of Scrivener, unless they know writers.
  7. Writers know that editing is a sober process.
  8. They also know, in spite of the stereotypes, most writers aren’t addicts.
  9. Some are, though.
  10. Writers know “Being a Writer” consists of much more work than just writing. Writing is part of the battle. The other 85% of the battle is not as much fun, it takes up an incredible amount of time, and almost none of our non-writer friends can empathize or understand this.
  11. Writers know getting rejections hurts, but it’s kind of like relationships. The first one makes you feel like killing yourself. The tenth one makes you feel like killing the editor. Throughout the course of writing (and, hopefully, relationships), writers develop confidence. We get acceptances, and the rejections become easier to take. It gets easier to put blame on someone else, or accept the blame ourself.
  12. We fail a lot, and we are often to blame. I haven’t done the count, but my estimate is that I publish about 20% of what I write. I don’t know if that’s high or low, compared to other writers, because…
  13. Writers like to talk about success.
  14. Writers read in a writerly way. I edit and learn as I go: “Wow, that was a really good way to describe her nose. This sentence is way too long. Holy crap, they should’ve foreshadowed this better…Holy crap, they foreshadowed this well and I still didn’t see it coming!” I’m analyzing word choices, sentence structure…After I published my first novel, I sat down, read a book, and realized I was reading differently. I mentioned this to a writer. She said, “Yeah. That never goes away.”
  15. Writers know it’s sometimes really fun to talk about writing, but can also be kind of annoying. Usually, if we want to talk about what we’re working on, we’d prefer to initiate the conversation. Similarly, if we want you to read our works in progress, we’ll ask you to.
  16. Writers know it means a lot when their friends read their stuff. It kinda hurts when good friends don’t bother.
  17. Writers know this statement is false: “I would love to write, I just don’t have any free time.”
    There is no, “I would love to write.” You either love to write, or you don’t, but don’t bitch about your lack of free time. You love to write? You make time.

What am I missing? What else do writers know?


photo credit: Austin Kleon


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NaNoWriMo: I’m Ready!


This morning I finished up my rough draft of the sequel to Under Order. I’m seriously excited about this book. It has twists, craziness, fun and mystery. It has the unexpected! I really love it, so much – which is good, I suppose, since I wrote it. 🙂 I can only hope my readers like it, too.

BUT, I’m going to set the draft aside for a month. I think it is wise to give myself a break from a long novel before editing it. Short stories? Sure, give it a few days and edit away. But this novel is topping at 120,000 words and frankly I need a break.

I was just in time finishing up the sequel so I can concentrate my efforts on NaNoWriMo. After I finished the draft, I made the outline for the book I’ll write during November, which is National Novel Writing Month. I decided to do something different for me, for learning’s sake. Who knows if it will be any good. 🙂 I’m going to delve into a bit of Science Fiction mixed with a little bit of BDSM and I think it will be really fun. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be sure to post excerpts!

Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? Feel free to add me as a buddy; I just recently joined the site. I’d love to know what you’re working on. 🙂


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Delectable Asses

“Look at that delectable ass,” I said to Nate as we sat outside a cafe, people-watching.

He looked at me and grinned. “Yeah, baby. Her cute tush is stirring up my appetite.”

“Mmm … I’d just love to take a bite of her luscious behind.”

“Or massage those twin globes?”

Writing porn makes me talk weird, which in turn makes Nate talk weird.


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This is all very interesting…

My entire book has become insanely different then it was during my first draft.

Better-different, though.

This is my first novel. I’m a published author (print, even!), but most of what I write is the non-fiction variety… articles, reviews, etc. So, this novel writing business is new to me. And the entire process has been quite enlightening.

Three things I’ve learned about writing novels are:

  1. Writing an entire novel is fun. Much more fun than writing non-fiction. Even though I keep telling myself, “Ok, Sade, relax. It is, after-all, just a sex book,” I’m finding myself completely enamored with my characters and what they end up doing. It’s almost as though my fingers are just a tool for these characters to use in order to get their story told. When I’m writing, I get into the flow where I feel as though I’m actually reading the story as it happens. Pretty damn trippy. And I think that in spite of this novel being ‘just’ erotica, the story I’ve developed is entertaining.
  2. The editing process takes just as long as the writing process. It is slightly tedious, but rewarding just like the writing process. I’ve found myself making huge diagrams of the timeline of my story, setting apart chapters, flipping chapters around, adding foreshadowing for something that ended up happening near the end, etc. Etc. Etc.
  3. Writers need to read. Especially us beginners. I’m constantly thinking about other books I’ve read and learning about the style, the rhythm, the character development. I was approximately 15,000 words into my novel before I picked up some erotic fiction we just, eh-hem, happen to have in our house… And re-reading these books really helped me develop my own process. I think that a lot of people have the desire to create, the desire to write. But browsing some of the free erotica on the web tells me that some authors don’t spend enough time reading (though I will admit that a lot of quality, free erotica is definitely available).
So in spite of about five million unforeseen problems and unrelated adventures that have come up this month, I’m still hoping to have the first book available by late July. Yay!

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