Guest Blog: How My “Useless” Theatre Degree Made Me A Better Writer

Actor preparing lines

My guest blog on using Theatre techniques for better writing is up at Adventures In YA Book Publishing.

Even though I haven’t landed on Broadway (yet!), I’ve never regretted my Theatre degree. As a writer, it’s become even more invaluable. I cannot tell you how many scenes I’ve blocked out for logistics, acted out for emotions and beats, and recited aloud for pacing and inflection. If you’re holding my book in your hand, you’re holding a performance piece – a very carefully rehearsed performance piece.

And if you’ve never had an acting class and you’re a writer, you might want to consider it.

When You Make A Book Boo-Boo, They Always Find It

Young Woman Making A Mistake

A lot of work went into my book. A lot.

Writing. Rewriting. Editing. Rewriting again. Lather, rinse repeat. Then on to my editors, and more rewriting. Spellchecking, of course. Grammar, of course. Continuity – oh, you betcha!

Then on to proofing for a fresh set of eyes to catch every typo or slip in tense. They got nearly everything. (One little typo came through but it’s barely noticeable).

And then a reader pointed out my big ole idiot of a boo-boo.

Ugh. Continue reading

So I Opened The Box, And There They Were. . .My Books!

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They’re here! Oh my God, they’re here.

Aren’t they beautiful?

I swear to you, opening that box was just like that moment when they put my baby into my arms at the hospital. Only with less crying (because I was the only one crying this time).

Same amount of sweat and labor, though.

Now we see how it grows.

This proud author moment brought to you by my daughter, who was rolling her eyes and saying, “Stop crying, already!”

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My First Good Bad Review

Young woman portrait

So uuuuuugh.

I got my first less-than-stellar review.

It’s bound to happen, and I know that. Even JK Rowling and Stephen King have one-star reviews and people who consider them highly overrated.

And really, this one wasn’t bad bad. It was actually very well thought-out, and the reviewer went so far as to say that she loved the first 3/4 of the book. What turned it for her was the ending. To her credit, she didn’t spoil the ending other than to say she didn’t like the way it resolved. Continue reading