March 16 marked the twentieth anniversary of my mom’s death. It’s a strange fact to realize how much time has passed, how much my life changed, how much she is missing. I’ve spoken about her many times on my blog and across other social media channels, most recently in the context of writing a middle… Continue reading I Write Because I Want My Mom’s Death to Mean Something
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Can Someone Steal Your Book Idea?
Can someone steal your book idea? I tend to find there are two responses to this question: Absolutely! YES! Someone did that to meeee! NO WAY. Never happens. It’s impossible, because your idea can only be written by you. To be honest, I think both of these answers are a little too black and white.… Continue reading Can Someone Steal Your Book Idea?
#MondayBlogs Feeling Down About Writing? Here’s How To Write Again!
Recently, I felt down about writing. When I sat at the computer, the words didn’t flow, and when I walked away, the urge to try again was gone. I struggled and searched for the reason I was struggling and continued to struggle again. Honestly, my “down” period was caused by the holidays, and let’s be… Continue reading #MondayBlogs Feeling Down About Writing? Here’s How To Write Again!
#MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Naming Your Characters
Naming characters is really important! It can also be fun…and a little daunting. Choosing them can take hours, and on top of that, publishers might change them anyway. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process. In this article, I’ll list a few aspects to consider while naming your characters, and I’ll include websites… Continue reading #MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Naming Your Characters
#MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Different Perspectives
I love writing from different perspectives. Both my YA series—The Timely Death Trilogy and Bad Bloods—are written in first POV but from two different speakers. I love using this technique for novel writing, because I enjoy first person, but I dislike how it restricts the storytelling to one character, especially when a scene would be… Continue reading #MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Different Perspectives
#MondayBlogs: Writing Tips for a Trilogy or Series
So, you have an idea for a trilogy or series. Awesome! Writing a series can be a lot of fun. I mean, who doesn’t want to spend more time with their characters and worlds? But many aspiring writers aren’t sure where to start, and writing a series is a lot of work. With these three… Continue reading #MondayBlogs: Writing Tips for a Trilogy or Series
#SATurdate: Lore, New Office, Paint Swatches, & Snow White
I moved this week to a brand-new office! I’m super excited about it. I have a ridiculous amount of room to spread out, and I’m hoping I can get a bigger desk one of these days. My current one was great for my previous, much smaller office, but now I can spin! I need to… Continue reading #SATurdate: Lore, New Office, Paint Swatches, & Snow White
Recently, I spoke with a couple of fellow writers when we began discussing writer problems. I showed them my #WriterProblems series that I did almost a year ago, and then, I realized I never shared 10-15. I also realize many of you may not have seen the cards I made for writers back in the… Continue reading #WriterProblems 11-15
#SATurdate: Witch, Writer Madness, Fairyland, & Rooftops
This is covering two weeks of life, since last week was all about those Website Wonders, which means it’s a tad longer than usual, but I hope you enjoy all the craziness. What I’m Writing: I’ll tell you what. When a character reveals a plot twist you didn’t have planned AT ALL 40,000 words in,… Continue reading #SATurdate: Witch, Writer Madness, Fairyland, & Rooftops
#WritingTips How to Use Real-Life Stories in Your Novel
This seems simple. Using real-life stories—especially your own real-life stories—should be pretty black and white when you want to implement them into your novels, but it’s not. In fact, it can be very gray and confusing and downright frustrating to pick and choose…and well, remember. So, here I am to help with some writing tips.… Continue reading #WritingTips How to Use Real-Life Stories in Your Novel