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.
Continue reading Step One: Learn Everything
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. Continue reading Villains – Make Them Good or Make Them Gone
Because there is a fine line between being alone to write and being lonely. Continue reading Find Your Tribe
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. Continue reading Runaway Writer
So how do we get back up one more time than we are pushed down? Well, after too many rejection letters and setbacks to count, I’ve found a few good tips and tricks to standing a little bit taller. Continue reading Seven Ways to Get Back Up After That Really Hard Rejection
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! Continue reading Why I Do Book Challenges
This house, specifically, has called to my baser self for over a year. What does that have to do with writing? Everything. Continue reading House on the Hill