News from DeadDarlings: How to Launch Your Novel

This month, the DeadDarlings team examined what it takes to share your work with the wider world. Here is how to silence your inner critic and put your best pitching foot forward

Overcome Your Fear (or fake courage)
Milo Todd comes clean and shares that No, Your Imposter Syndrome Won't Magically Go Away, but don't let that stop you.

April 19, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Grub News The Writing Life

Getting to Grips with a Big Revision of Your Novel

by Katrin Schumann

I'm working on a major revision of a novel I wrote some years ago and put away in a drawer. I loved and still love the story, but I think it needs a more compelling central question. Right now, I'd call it a "family saga," and while there's nothing inherently wrong with that, I'd like to create a through-line in the story that makes it more compelling. I want readers to be thinking, Oh my god, what happens next?

April 4, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice

News from DeadDarlings: The Road to Publication

This month we looked at the many milestones for writers looking for publication from theDeadDarlings office. Here is some of our best advice and musings for key steps along the way.

Take a Delightful Detour
Jerry Whelan explains how his fascination with long-dead New England abolitionists and digging for his own ancestral roots combine in his fiction in DNA, Memory and Fiction as Magic: A True Story.

Monitor Your Spedometer
Sharissa Jones talks about pacing your store by Choosing Between the Part and Present Tense.  

Toot Your Own Horn
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March 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

6 Tips: How to Stay Motivated for Big Creative Projects

GrubStreet Instructor and Consultant Cara Benson on what it takes to stay focused on a long-term project in our hyper-stimulated times.

 

It’s news to no one that we live in a hyped-up, hyperlinked world that operates at the speed of the scandal-driven media cycle. Our phones alert us to the latest attention-grabbing incident the instant the headline is written, often without our bidding (just how do you turn that function off?). The internet, where the majority of us receives our news, traffics in trending topics, jump-cutting GIFs, and LIVE streaming videos—all literally blinking in an effort to get us ...

March 15, 2018 | Cara Benson

The Writing Life

News from DeadDarlings: Writing for All Kinds of Weather

Gray skies are going to clear up! This month has us looking to the sky for answers on writing and inspiration at the DeadDarlings offices. Here's what is on our radar for good writing.

Cold front
Kat Gibson discusses how to determine the genre of your novel in My Novel is a Snowflake.

February 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life