The other day I received a call from my friend Kristen, who recently opened her own business in the wedding-planning industry. She remembered that close friends of mine had recently been featured in the Vows section of the New York Times, and she wanted to know if an introduction to the reporter who wrote the piece would be possible.
While I'm still working on getting that contact for Kristen, I was impressed by her willingness to reach out to her network in order to help…Continue
For some reason that I have yet to uncover, over the past week I've received several emails that all say more or less the same thing. Here are snippets of three of them:
Dear Maria Murnane, I have recently come across your book, Wait for the Rain, available on Audible and on Amazon, and due to both its quality and plot, it qualifies to be promoted in our community of readers.
Hi Maria, I hope you don't mind me reaching out, but I wanted to say that I think…Continue
It goes without saying that when it comes time to revise the first draft of your manuscript, much of it is going to end up on the cutting room floor. Whether it's due to shifting plotlines, characters that no longer work, or scenes that are too long, removal is part of the process. (And of course, some of what we all write the first time around is simply...awful.)
The delete key doesn't have to mean the end,…Continue
If you're not familiar with the term "gerund," it's a noun that is created by adding "ing" to a verb. For example:
Noun: To be
Noun: To write
While gerunds are easy to use as simple subjects (Writing is important to me) or as objects (I love writing), they can be a little tricky when possessives (my, your, his, her, our, their) are involved. But if you force yourself to…Continue