Changes Are Coming! And Whew, Is it About Time.

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

My author website has always languished a bit in the shadow of my writers' website--Fiction University. I don't have a good excuse for that, aside from too much to do and not enough me to do it, and that's about to change (but sadly, this isn't an announcement that I've invented cheap, reliable cloning). I've been neglectful, and I apologize, but it's never too late to start over and do things right.

One of my 2021 goals is to give both my sites some long-overdue overhauls to better serve my readers. It's time to fix the things that are broken, improve what's working, and toss out the stuff that isn't (is it weird that I'm excited about this?).

I'm not doing enough yet to make all my readers feel appreciated, and that's going to change. You guys are why I write. You deserve better from me.

I suspect a lot of my readers have no idea I write in multiple genres, markets, and under two names. I write both The Healing Wars teen fantasy series, and nonfiction books on writing under Janice Hardy, but I also write the Grace Harper urban fantasy series as well as my upcoming science fiction detective series, as J.T. Hardy. (Now you see why some things fell to the wayside and why I really need that clone).

Want a heads up on all this? Of course you do! Otherwise you would have stopped reading by now.

If you'd like a little reminder nudge when the new and improved Janice "J.T." Hardy site launches, sign up for my mailing list. After launch (and probably some previews to give you the inside scoop), I'll show you around the new site, let you know what the newsletter will be like going forward, and give you an opportunity to say, "Yes, I want to be a part of this" or "Thanks, but I'll just follow you on Amazon so I know when you have new books out."

PS. There's also a very good chance that those who sign up early will get a little thank you when that time comes. 


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Upcoming Events for 2020

Winter Park Public Library, Orlando, FL  (Moved to online)

It’s Showtime! Show, Don’t Tell
Show don’t tell. At some point, every writer hears it. It’s critical to crafting a story that works, but what exactly does it mean? And more importantly, how do you make sure you’re using it correctly in your own work. In this workshop, writers will learn how to spot the common telling signposts, from motivational, descriptive, and emotional tells, to those frequent mental signposts that explain, not dramatize, and the always pesky adverbs. They’ll also learn how to spot common red flag words that often indicate told, not shown prose, and what they can do to fix them once they’ve found them.


July 11: First Coast Romance Writers

West Branch Library in Jacksonville, FL (Moved to online)

Muddling Through the Middle

The “boggy middle” has claimed many a writer, but with a little planning and forethought, writers can sail right through it. In this workshop, you'll discover why the middle is such a troublesome chunk of the novel, and how it’s really where all the fun happens in a story. You’ll also learn how to avoid getting sucked into the mire, what to do keep your pace moving, and some nifty plotting tricks to help you create stronger story arcs and conflicts.

Finding the Plot in Your Premise

What starts out as an exciting premise can sometimes leave us banging our heads against a wall by page fifty, wondering what went wrong. But a little effort before we start writing can mean the difference between stuck and soaring. In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques to test your premise or idea and see if it really does have what it takes to fill an entire novel. Learn basic plotting tips for both pantsers and outliners, and discover what you need to start that novel and keep yourself on track. No matter what your process is, you'll learn ways to determine if that premise has the legs to carry the novel in your head. With hands-on exercises, so bring your laptop or pages!


August 22: FWA Ponte Vedra Beach

Revision Readiness: How to Revise

Revision is part of writing, but sometimes knowing where to start can be overwhelming. It can be even harder if you need to trim down a large manuscript or change a major storyline. In this workshop, writers will learn how to approach their revisions with a plan, focusing on macro, medium, and micro issues to tighten their novel on a layer by layer basis. They’ll also learn how to mentally approach revisions, and how to strengthen their story from the top down.