Here’s what you need to know about being a writer. You have to get up. Because no matter how long it takes you, no matter how battle-weary you feel, no matter how many times you’ve cried this year, if you don’t get up, that’s game over. Continue reading Dear New Authors (I Did It So You Don’t Have To)
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
Think about the book you are writing. Think about the book you want to write. Picture it in your mind, the characters, the setting, the themes, the mood. Is it gritty? Is it lush? Is it joyful? Find yourself in that place, that world, surrounded by those characters. Now, answer this question in one sentence. Continue reading Back to Basics
Show. Don’t tell.
Every person who has ever put pen to paper has heard this line. Don’t tell us we are in Paris, give us the acrid scent of the Seine mixing with buttery croissants, give us the crunch of rough, dusty cobblestoned streets beneath our feet, give us the taste of acrylics on the air from freshly painted street art. Continue reading Sensory Overload
There is no right or wrong way to go about an interview, but I’m going to share some of my favorite techniques for better understanding, empathizing and, eventually, sharing my characters with the world at large. Continue reading Character Interviews – More Than Just Talking to Yourself
I may have a little insight into how to reconstruct your book while you are standing in it. Here are a few tips and tricks to starting over from the inside out. Continue reading Writing Your Way Out
And sometimes, as much as it pains me to admit it, writing doesn’t always take the priority. Continue reading When You Can’t Write