Sometimes that first draft is never going to become a final draft. That doesn't mean it's a waste, though.
Writing groups can cause fatal frustration, deep self-doubt, and sometimes years of wasted effort. Learn the most common dangers of writing groups, and find out how to improve your group to give you more of what you need—and less of what you don't.
Blogger Tania Strauss of NY Book Editors discusses whether you should outline your novel before beginning to write.
Over the weekend, I was a speaker at the Missouri Writers Guild conference (a terrific group of people and an