You Know You Are a Writer When…

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  • You keep your phone next to you when you fall asleep, just incase you get a great idea to write down in the middle of the night.
  • You plan on writing all night, but decide once you get home from work to watch TV. fail.
  • Your search history could scare someone or bring the FBI to your door.
  • Your dreams are so vivid and you find yourself thinking mid-dream “Wow, that would make a great story!”
  • You have certain pens you work with and certain ones you hate.
  • Teachers told you “You daydream too much.” as a child.
  • You love writing, but hate it in the same breath.
  • You fight the urge to sit down and write.
  • You constantly think about stories. You breath, sleep, and eat stories. They are your air.
  • Your go to writing clothes are either your PJs or your workout clothes!
  • You don’t get enough time to read ALL the books you want to read.
  • You’ve heard one of these questions (or all of them) before, “Are you done with your book yet?” or “When are you going to be published?”
  • You either HATE editing or revising or you love it. I hate it. How about you?
  • Your overactive imagination scares you when you are home alone.

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It’s my MAY goals

It’s May!!

Can you believe how fast this year has been going so far?

We’ve only got 7 months left?

I have so many things I want to finish before the end of the year. So today, I thought I’d share my goals for the next few months. Johan is coming to see me June 30th. I am really excited for him to come here. I am definitely going to need  to buckle down starting now, so that I finish some things before he comes. Then I can relax with him while he is here.

May, goals, writing, Devin Berglund


  • Finish a novelette
  • Send novelette to beta readers
  • Edit novelette
  • Submit novelette to anthology
  • Outline Dancing Poet Creative Media‘s Instagram book into PDF format
  • Do an intro video on the Instagram class & upload it onto Indigogo.
  • Get to at least 30,000 words on a new writing project. (More to come about it later.)
  • Plan wedding venue.
  • Help Dancing Poet Creative Media set up their blog network. (Interested? Check it out here.)

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The Mason of Hearts edit is DONE!

YES! I finally did! The Mason of Hearts edit is DONE!

I am so excited that this edit of The Mason of Hearts, is DONE! It’s been a long journey with this book baby. And I feel that it isn’t even close to the end of the editing tunnel. But, I see the light!


The total count comes down to: 

• 81 Chapters

• 91,147 words

• 626 Pages

I am so excited! Just had to let you all know. Keep an eye out for an exciting post this week with some fun pictures and maybe even a contest!

I am really enjoying the journey of writing/revising this book. I can’t wait to get it in front of people who want to read it. Now, my next step is sending it out to beta readers. I am nervous! Excited though!

Editing with Susan Dennard

Susan4-1Today, for Writing Wednesday, I would like to introduce you to Susan Dennard and today we will be chatting about editing.

1. What is your editing style like?

My revising style is very organized and very structured.

2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?

I stay on top of my revisions by working every day from 5AM to 7PM until the revisions are done. 🙂

3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish in a day?

I can’t say that I finish a set amount each day. Rather, I finish as many pages as I finish. Sometimes I’ll revise 50 pages in a day and other days, I’ll only manage to revise 5 pages. It all depends on how much work the pages demand.

4. How long (week wise) do you edit for?

I revise until I’m finished and I feel the book is in the best possible condition. Usually this takes anywhere from several weeks to several months. 🙂

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If you liked this editing post, check out the editing posts with other authors:

Steven James

Devin Berglund

•Katie Cross

My Editing Style


1. What is your editing style?

My editing process is filled with rounds of edits – 4 to 5 at least. After finishing the book, I take a few week break (3-4 weeks) from the book and then I print the manuscript and do a read through. While doing my read through, I write notes upon notes upon notes and mark up the edit.

Then, I edit AGAIN.

After that edit, I save it to my Ibooks on my Ipad and do my read through on there. (I try to switch the format up a bit to see it in different ways.) While doing that, I take notes again.

Edit another time.

Send to critique partner.

Print manuscript. Read through. Make notes.

Last edits.

Send to Beta Readers. (Going to send the books to Beta Readers in the next week or so.)  Want to know more about my writing/editing process? Check this out!

2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?

• Work. Work on it. Work.

• Schedule your writing time.

3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish a day?

Lately, I’ve been trying to edit 2-4 chapters a day.

4. How long do edit for?

As long as it takes to finish the edits.


If you liked this editing post, check out the editing posts with other authors:

Summer 2014 Call For Submissions – Writers

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In the next few months, I will be quite busy. I will finish my rewrite and edit before sending it out to Beta Readers. I really look forward to this!! I will hopefully be writing a new book (A stand alone). Hope to finish it in 1-2 months.

Besides my writing journey, I will be working full time as an arial photographer. I will be flying a plane. WAIT… before you start picturing me up there in the air with little goggles – let me stop you there. I will be flying a RC airplane with cameras connected to it (from the ground). I will be flying it over farmer’s fields all over North Dakota and Minnesota. So, I will be driving around in my car a lot! (Now, if only it would stop raining – so I could get out there again… it can’t be flown in the rain. It could ruin it.) Since, my time will be limited, I have a line up of good authors and writers who want to share on my blog. I want to open this up to you also.

  • Are you a writer?
  • Do you have a topic that may be of interest to my readers? •Writing related topics (Pre-Writing, Writing, Editing, Plotting, Revising, and writing while traveling.)
  • Contributing to websites and blogs is a wonderful way to gain exposure for your writing. It is a great way to grow your following as well. Think of it as free advertising! By being a guest writer you will be:
    • Helping other writers achieve their goals and dreams.
    • Making connections.
    • & Gaining valuable writing experience.

Is this something you would be interested in? If so, I am opening a call for submissions.

In order to submit, follow these guidelines:

  1. First off, this is a call for posts on fiction and anything related to fiction writers.
  2. Check out my content, blog format and Style Guide here.
  3. Send me a short paragraph pitch on what you would like to write about or even a short list of a few options. Include a short bio describing who you are. Be sure to also include your website, Twitter and/or any other links you want to share with the readers. This will appear at the end of your article. Please, no affiliate links.
  4. Press send and I will get back to you.

Are you interested? Please, send me your pitch below! Can’t wait to hear from you.

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3 Ways Writers Misuse Repetition

I’ve just come out of the Revision Prison for a break to connect with you all. It’s been a crazy few weeks on the editing/revising side. In the editing/revising stages you find all the ways your novel isn’t working and the ways it is working. And I want to talk to you all today about one thing that puts a damper on our stories. It’s “repetition”.

3 Ways Writers Misuse Repetition

During edits many writers feel like “everything is awesome!” isn’t what their book is. Remember your book is awesome. But after the edits and revisions it will be “AWESOME AWESOME!”

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Need a Writing Coach?

I love being a writing coach. It’s one of the best parts of my job.

Just so you know a little bit about me. I am a freelance and creative writer. I’ve been a guest writer on countless blogs. I am the author of an Urban Fantasy Short Story, Hope For Another Day and am currently looking for a literary agent for my novel. I hold a B.A. from Minnesota State University of Moorhead in English/Mass Communications and a certificate in Publishing. I am currently a full time writer and I love every moment of it.

Did I mention one of my favorite parts of my job is coaching other writers?

Need a writing coach? Writing Coach, writing, writer, Devin Berglund

What does a writing coach session look like?

  • A weekly Skype call lasting (starting at) an hour to discuss your writing goals, dreams, and to give writing assignments. I will help give you direction and will review the week’s work. You can ask questions and workshop a specific piece of writing.
  • I will send you a written summary after the Skype call, which will include a review of what we spoke about on the call, goals for the week, new assignments, and prompts.
  • You have access to me via e-mail. You can ask me questions during the writing process about anything.

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Don’t Rush it…{about indie & self publishing}

Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden
Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden

Since, I just finished indie publishing a short story (and ran an online launch), I thought I would come out with some tips and pointers on what to do and what not to do when you release your baby into the world. This goes for traditional, indie, and self publishing. But I mostly want to point this out to people who are going to Self Publish or Indie Publish. This is going to be a straight forward post on why it is important (to your professionalism as an author) that you don’t RUSH IT.

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Revising on the Road

I’d like to introduce Anushka to my blog today. She is a great friend and talented writer. Hope you enjoy her tips on revising your novel while traveling.

Punctuation, revising, Bad Spelling, Writing, Enticing, writer, Devin Berglund, Katie CrossDefinition: Revision (n): Condition sparking procrastination among writers.

The last two years has seen my current WIP travel with me to nine different countries. With each country, there is a beautiful memory of a scene that came to life and of chapters that have been born and revised. Like every writer, I have also experienced my equal share of procrastination.

However, there comes a time in a writer’s life when one discovers there is no more room for excuses. Especially when nearing the final stages of revision on a story that has captured your soul. Since my love for travel is not going to go away anytime soon, the beautiful Devin has asked me to share some tips I have found useful while revising on the road.

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