Fly By the Seat of Your Pants

Plotters plot and pansters fly by the seat of their pants. I have done both in many genres of writing, including both fiction and nonfiction, and let me tell you–I will never be a pantser. 

Step One: Learn Everything

I used to think I could research my books as I went. I used to delve into plot and character development and setting and think ‘I’ll get to that later’. I used to believe that research was secondary to the fundamentals of writing a story.

I used to be very, very wrong.

Writer in a Strange Land

I’ve also written stories in some pretty unique and odd places, scribbled out conversations, speed-typed a strand of dialogue onto my phone while I was supposed to be paying attention Chemistry. My odd writing experiences have taken me a great many places, here are just a few of the weird and wonderful spots where I’ve stopped to jot down ideas.

Why I Do Book Challenges

I’ve seen a lot of people wondering about book challenges, so I thought I’d cover the benefits of a big book challenge and why I do them!

Villains – Make Them Good or Make Them Gone

These characters are the lens through which a tale is told, and who they are–and how well the author knows them– directly influences that story. You’d be hard pressed to find a writer who didn’t understand the importance of heroes and heroines.

The same can’t always be said of the villains, however. 

Find Your Tribe

Because there is a fine line between being alone to write and being lonely.

Runaway Writer

Because I am a mad scientist writer with my hand in several pots all at the same time, I need to be organized. Really freaking organized.

House on the Hill

This house, specifically, has called to my baser self for over a year. What does that have to do with writing? Everything.

My Achilles Heels

There’s a reason they say write drunk, edit sober. Your inhibitions should be down while you’re writing and doubled while you’re editing.

Psh.