M.J. here… Earlier this morning, I shared this post in the private Facebook group for the members of our current Draft House season. We’ve been talking a lot in this group lately about word counts and staying on track with your writing goals; as well as managing the inevitable setbacks that come with being both…
In the 2016-17 Draft House season, we’ve reached the point in the writing at which many drafters are struggling with making hard choices. We’re coming up on week 10 of writing six days a week on a regular schedule. Many of us are facing waves of exhaustion after writing consistently every single day for what is – in…
M.J. here. Over the last two weeks I had the privilege of taking a super inspiring trip to England, which included a five-day Arvon course in writing romantic fiction. It was one of those trips writers dream about, and in addition to lots of great information and experiential research, I had plenty of time on trains…
Hi guys – It’s me, Emily. Can you believe it? There are exactly four weeks until THE DRAFT HOUSE’s 2016/2017 Draft Season begins. M.J. and I are really excited about the nine months ahead and even more stoked about the team that’s assembled – THAT’S YOU! You guys are inspiring us in ways we never…
M.J. here. Maybe it’s weird to say this at 40, with four novels and years of semi-pro writing experience under my belt, but sometimes I still feel like a freshman writer. In part this is because there are some professional habits I have yet to fully pick up. The simplest (and by far the hardest) of these:…
Congratulations, Intrepid Writer–you’ve made the decision that you’re going to write your book! Starting in August, you’re going to hit that daily word count and hit it hard. Every day. Without fail. Until you end up with a glorious, glittery first draft the following May. So how do you ensure you don’t get stuck on…
How do you find the time? [Insert the sound of a writer gnashing her teeth and laughing maniacally]. When mere mortals think of writing novels, they can often see only the enormity of the task. They imagine slaving away at a laptop for hours on end, maybe holed away in a quiet office or (heavenly thought) a…
When I started my first novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, in 2010 (or, I should say, when I started the first novel I actually completed) I had been tinkering with writing for years. There were probably six beginnings of novels on my hard drive in which I’d begun a draft, made it 20,000 or even 45,000…