To all my nerds! Embrace your inner weirdo!

This is a personal letter to my fellow nerds and geeks! A message that I am sending to let you know that it’s ok to embrace your inner weirdo. In fact, you should let it loose! For a long time I thought I had a problem, like a serious bad habit, of staring at people….

Positive Energy and Growth

I am feeling extremely positive about my novel and future prospects. I know it’s important to feed that energy to keep it thriving and burning inside. It’s also important to be honest with oneself. Life passes by in a blur, and one can’t waste time and energy on things that are negative. For some, this…

Let the editing begin 

Novice – a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation. This definition does not even begin to describe me at the first stage of editing. There was a lot to learn, and still more learning to come I’m sure.  I was very lucky to have come across freelance copyeditor Louann Pope (Her…

Professional editing, is it necessary?

The short answer… YES! As adequately as my stats page on WordPress reminds me, it has been 3 months since my last post. I have revised, revised, and revised several drafts of my novel since then. Now I begin the part of the journey where the rejections are to be expected. And mind you, I’m…

Beta Readers

It has been several weeks since my last blog post. I decided to break from blogging for a while so that I could concentrate on my third draft. I am happy to say that I have completed it, and I handed over my pride and joy to five Beta Readers. I am a nervous wreck….

In the home stretch

In my last post, I touched base – albeit very minimally – on copyediting. I have spent the last few weeks looking up as much information as I could find on copyediting services. Since this is a major part of the next step in my journey, I wanted to share what I have learned to…

Traditional publishing or self publishing, a writers choice

I’m currently knee deep in my second draft. I kid you not, if I hadn’t had the luxury of being “coached” by some great people and books, this would have been a painful experience. The most helpful advice came by way of making connections on Twitter. I created my Twitter account, @ineslozanolit, as a way…

Organization for a Scatterbrain

About a week ago, I saw a meme on twitter that perfectly reflected my state of mind. It was a comic strip portraying a figure sitting in a room with a fire brewing in the corner. The fire was small at first, but in each frame it progressively grew out of control. In each shot, the figure…

Set Back or Saving Grace

This weekend I put in some real hard work on my novel. It felt fantastic! It was the lengthiest writing session for me thus far and what was best was that it felt like quality work. When I closed my laptop, I was still in #amwriting mode so I whipped out my phone and used that…

Sometimes you have to step back…

Throughout this journey I have taken many breaks – pauses really. I don’t enjoy the breaks, but sometimes I feel like I need a moment away from the writing. It can be very draining. When I am writing I want to make sure I use the right words, ones that will paint the picture clearly,…

Motivation is Everywhere! You Just Have to Look.

There are so many obstacles that can spring up when you set your mind on a goal. Some of them can be crippling enough to throw you off of your game. I have been very lucky to have received so much positive support from all of my friends and family when I disclosed that I…

My Top Ten Favorite Books

I have often heard that if you want to be a great writer you have to be a great reader. Reading books is a great way to learn the art of composition. It’s also a great way to find inspiration for the caliber of a writer that you want to be. Even while writing this…