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Query for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Oh, the dreaded query letter, the nemesis of most writers. The one page that can open a door or slam it shut, so much packed into so few words. With Chosen, for some reason I had a hard time boiling my book's plot down into few paragraphs. With Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, I had a hard time getting the [...]

OMG Stick a Fork in My WIP-- It's Done!

On Monday June 28, I started a test project that didn't have a title for and the barest of ideas, created mere days before. I decided to write and see what happened. What happened is short of amazing, to me anyway. I ended up with a 102,000 word manuscript that not only had a plot, but two subplots, all well [...]

The Blessing (and the Curse) of the Alpha Reader

Hi, I'm Denise and I use alpha readers. Now some of you are saying "What? What is she talking about? WTF is an alpha reader?" and others are now looking down your nose with contempt. No real writer uses alpha readers. And a few of you, some who are too ashamed to admit it, are nodding your head and whispering [...]

Wordle of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes first draft is halfway complete at 46,000 words in only 20 days! (And 5 of those days I didn't write!!!) To celebrate I created a Wordle! You plug in your manuscript and it prints out your most used words, biggest to smallest. I'm not sure how helpful it actually is, but is sure is pretty! [...]