On December 15, 2018, Sandman was released to the world. Sandman was my first attempt at a full novel. Before 2018, I had no idea what writing, editing, and publishing a book meant, not really. I also did not realize that writing "The End" or finding a publisher is not the end game. Oh my … Continue reading Sliding into 2019 as an author
In December, my first novel will hit the selves. That both excites and terrifies me. It also gives me pause. It has been a journey like the journey of most aspiring authors. I started full of ideas and passion. It got hard. I got stuck. I stopped. I got a renewed sense of determination. I … Continue reading Writing Tips That Have Served Me Well
Editing sucks. There. I said it. Except it doesn't have to, or at least I don't think it does. I am not saying that it doesn't stink when your editor or beta reader says something like, "Good premise, but I can't connect to the character" or "I like where you were going, but the scene fell … Continue reading Close your eyes to see
Most of us have heard this advice and thought, "But what I know is boring," or "What I know has already been written." Here's the thing. "Write what you know" is not about me writing a story about a woman who got pregnant at 17, married at 18, had some more kids, and divorced before … Continue reading Write What You Know
1) Does she make a memorable first impression? Think about someone you recently met. You began creating an impression of that person before he or she even mutter a word. Before dialogue begins, we need to know where your character is in space and how she is absorbing it. Show us her body language. You … Continue reading Are you making compelling characters? 5 questions that will help you decide
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. - Ernest Hemingway There is something to be said for those first moments of writing a new novel or short story, those moments when you simply let your fingers run free across the keyboard with no goal except to get … Continue reading What’s in a name?
Yesterday a had a conversation that went, in part, like this: ME: Your idea is good, and your protagonist is quite original and fun. One thing I would recommend is to research commonly confused words. HER: It doesn't matter. The reader will know what I mean. ME: But it does matter. If you want to … Continue reading Your lack of respect for commonly confused words, confuses me