Today on the blog series, "People to Learn From in the Trenches," I interview K. J. Harrowick. She's a resilient querying writer, and she shares some query tips she's picked up along the way. K.J. Harrowick is a freelance web developer and graphic designer who fell in love with fantasy worlds. This love continued well into adulthood, when she began to world build, create fantasy languages, and toy around with magic systems. In 2014, writing became a passion, and she began to
We have a special edition of "People to Learn From in the Trenches" today. K. Kazul Wolf is an author who has had two agents and is back in the query trenches again. As querying authors, we often think the goal of getting an agent is one and done, but there are many authors who end up with more than one agent. Today we get to read a little about this perspective. J: Welcome, K. Kazul Wolf. Thanks for participating in this blog series. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I think many people dive into writing thinking it's a solo journey. If you're an introvert like me you'll appreciate the alone time as you steadily tap out beats to the words in your head, but writing is far from a solo sport and there are some important reasons why you can't go it alone. 5 Reasons Why You Can't Do This Writing Thing Alone: 1. You Need More Eyes on Your Manuscript Nobody and I mean nobody, not even editors, should assume their work is ready and polished for t
Every writer should have a critique partner or critique partners. But how do you know if your critique partner is a good fit? Additionally, how do you know that you're offering helpful advice yourself? In this article I will discuss what I believe makes a good critique partner, and likewise what I need to do to be an effective critique partner. Does your critique partner need to write the same genre as you? I know writers have mixed feelings on this, but I say no. I think it
What do you sacrifice to write? I was thinking today as I was cleaning the house, and was behind on everything as usual, about the sacrifices I make to be a writer. But it's not just me, most of the writers out there have other jobs and families. What are they sacrificing to write? Time to write isn't given, it's borrowed. It has to be taken from somewhere. If I get up at 6 a.m. to try and get in an hour of writing time before my daughter wakes up, I'm going to be more tired
Is a person a writer when they sell their first book or long before that? Is everyone who picks up a pen and scratches words to paper considered a writer? What makes someone a writer? I'm the type of person who likes to see things bigger than they are. I always believe there is some grand scheme to things and everyone has a unique and important purpose. I picture someone with a gleaming sword knighting each person with a mysterious calling. A calling that perhaps will take th
I love to read and write about the paranormal. The paranormal is simply the unexplained. In a world where everything seems to hold a scientific explanation, the paranormal is perhaps one of the only ways to keep the magic of the unknown spinning. I particularly like to read and write about ghost stories. Spirits are fascinating. If you believe in them, they hold many mysteries science has yet to dissect. I will admit to, on several occasions, seeing people at the foot of my b
Building believable fictional characters isn't as precise as formulating sentence structure or correcting grammar. There are many ways to create consistent and complex characters, and every writer has a unique way of doing it. In the article below, I explain the elements of character building that are important to me as an author and a reader of fiction. When you are a writer, the omnipotent creator of all beings in a story, you need to know who your characters are. Whether y