When you read the first draft

You write the infamous word THE END. Your first draft is done. Maybe it took a year. Maybe you knocked it out in a week. Either way, it's a great feeling to see your work finished TIME TO PARTY!!!!!  Well - there's one, tiny, tiny thing. You still have to edit. *sighs heavily and crawls … Continue reading When you read the first draft

How to not lose your mind while editing

Editing a novel. How shall I describe it? Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver.   But it's all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really … Continue reading How to not lose your mind while editing

How to make your writing space AMAZING

A while back I posted a thing on why you need a writing space. Today I am going to show you how to do it. Well, I'm not going to show you how to do, just give you some tips And PICTURES!!!!!! Every great work of art starts with an idea (and yes, home decor … Continue reading How to make your writing space AMAZING

When You Find out You’re a Writer (and Arsenic and Old Lace)

Next week is Halloween ("All Hallows Eve" is what I celebrate but for the general public's sake, I'll just go with Halloween). In honor of it being so close to that night (AND NANOWRIMO. Calm down, this has nothing to do with Nanowrimo, I'm just REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT) of candy and pixies, I am … Continue reading When You Find out You’re a Writer (and Arsenic and Old Lace)

Nanowrimo 2017

It's BACK! NANOWRIMO IS BACK!!! Nanowrimo is "National Novel Writing Month" which is in November. It's a challenge hosted by Nanowrimo to write 50,000 words (a novel) in the month of November (that averages out as 1,667 words a day). Writers scream, pull their hair out, and turn into raging word monsters (or so I've … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2017

5 things to do when you don’t connect with your characters

Characters. Our novels would be nothing without them, just a bunch of trees and abandoned neighborhoods and castles. There would be no plot and hence no story and hence no novel. We need characters. But more importantly we need fleshed out, amazing, multi-dimensional characters who jump off the page with pzazz and splendor. Yeah. That's … Continue reading 5 things to do when you don’t connect with your characters

When is the Best Time to Write?

Writer's need routine because...well, routines are just helpful in general. When we talk about routines for writers, the question usually comes up "when is the best time of day to write?"  There is a theory (meaning: I have read a few "prestigious writers" that have said this) that the best time of day to write … Continue reading When is the Best Time to Write?

5 Things to Do With Those Giant Plot Holes

I hate pot holes. You're driving along, nice and smooth, jamming out to your tunes when out of nowhere BUMPASDFGHJHJL THE CAR JOLTS AND FEELS LIKE IT'S GOING TO FALL APART AND IT MIGHT ACTUALLY CAUSE IT'S REALLY OLD. And where there's one pot hole, there's more. So yes, pot holes are very... Wait, you … Continue reading 5 Things to Do With Those Giant Plot Holes

Plotters VS. Pantsters: the Great War

Plotters and Pantster. Those are the two kinds of writers. I'm a pantster. (Well,  I'm a hybrid. A lot of times it just depends on what I'm working on. But generally I'm a pantster). (am I spelling pantster right?? I hope so). Plotters plot the story before they write it, and Pantsters just take a … Continue reading Plotters VS. Pantsters: the Great War

Novel Excerpt: Silver

Here we go *takes deep breath* This is an excerpt from my urban fantasy novel Silver. (click here for aesthetic pinterest board). Enjoy! (Please note I retain all rights to this. Don't be a jerk and steal it). Chapter Two   “I’m sorry Jen, but work just called in. They uh…there’s an emergency-I mean a … Continue reading Novel Excerpt: Silver