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?

The Strong Female Character NO ONE TALKS ABOUT.

Quick rant today guys. Everyone likes to talk about female characters and how to properly write them. I've stayed out of the conversation because honestly I'm sick of it. It's a constant back and forth of is she strong enough, is she feminine enough, is she too feminine, is she too pretty or too ugly. … Continue reading The Strong Female Character NO ONE TALKS ABOUT.

In which I rant about coffee shops

A writer. A writer goes to their local Starbucks or artsy coffee shop. They get the usual, blonde roast or maybe a latte. They sit down at their usual spot and begin to work on the next bestseller, inspired by the atmosphere, scent of coffee, dim lighting, uncomfortable seating, music they don't like, and people … Continue reading In which I rant about coffee shops

How I Wrote a Novel in Three Months

This post is kinda a lie and I'm totally cheating by using that title to drag you in here. But hear me out. I did write a novel in three months, my newly finished urban fantasy Silver. It's 63,000 words, but 27,000 of those I wrote during November for Nanowrimo when I was going at … Continue reading How I Wrote a Novel in Three Months

A Word on Villains

Lately my posts have been all about the laughs (well, mostly at least). But...I have this thought...it's been bugging me...and I am fresh out of this month's "ideas for blog posts" (If you have any, send them over). *takes deep breath* (prepare for a rant guys) I feel like writers have been getting villains wrong … Continue reading A Word on Villains

Things I Didn’t Know About Writing Fantasy

I write mostly fantasy. *notices piles of sci-fi manuscripts* *notices piles of old horse stories from my younger days.*(let's try this again). I write fantasy, among other things. There's a lot to learn about the genre, world building and all that glam. My beginnings with writing it were a bit...rough? Cliche? To continue last week's … Continue reading Things I Didn’t Know About Writing Fantasy

When the Plot Bunnies Don’t Show Up

Plot bunnies. You either love them or you hate them. The problem is, they tend to come at inopportune times. (such as sleeping or during Zumba class). But when you need them, most often they are no where to be seen. Don't give up hope! Not all is lost. When the bunnies seemed to have … Continue reading When the Plot Bunnies Don’t Show Up

Writing Battles (besides stabbing)

There are a surplus of articles and blogs on how to write a great fight scene. I thought about doing one myself...(I believe writing fight scenes is one of my superpowers). But then I remembered another kind a fight. A fight that's like, a lot bigger? Battle. That's the word. A full blown battle between … Continue reading Writing Battles (besides stabbing)

5 Things I Learned from Working with an Editor

( I am switching my blogs posts to Wednesdays. Tuesdays aren't working. Too much dancing.) This winter I got myself an editor, long due for my Gothic sci-fi short story "When the Crows Murdered the Moor" (originally called "the Moor"...boring name.) My editor and I have only met twice so far, and right now I … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned from Working with an Editor