The Author’s Utility Belt: Five Must-Have Tools


It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this! Writing a book is a long and frustrating journey, and just like any good adventurer, you’re going to need the right supplies if you want to stand a chance. After around three years of digging and poking around, here are five apps/items that have made writing my novel a little bit easier. 1. Scrivener [caption id="attachment_3196" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo cred: LizCovart.com[/caption] The best investment for my novel I’ve ever made. Ever. I was fourteen when I first stumbled across Scrivener. The first thing I noticed was the price tag: a whopping $45 both…

Three Things I Learned Finishing My Third Draft


A few days ago, I finished my third draft. I printed out all the pages, shoved them into a binder, and the first thing I did was drop it. On purpose. I wanted to hear that sound, that thud that meant something that had weighed on my mind for the last four years had actual, physical weight. And my god, was that a satisfying thud. [caption id="attachment_3149" align="alignnone" width="3264"] what a rollercoaster...[/caption] That binder, with its 271 pages and 77,283 words on those pages contains the third draft of Under the Gold Paint, a novel I started my freshman year.…