Writing

The Darker Side of a Dream

My boyfriend is really lovely in that he's super supportive when it comes to my writing career. And it includes all facets of it: cooking dinner so I can finishing up drafting a short story, listening to my confusing ramblings as I try to verbally work out plot holes as I'm editing my novels (even… Continue reading The Darker Side of a Dream

Writing

First Draft Completed: Blood Price Edition

Something really neat happened last week. After almost eight weeks of writing five times a week (some days, 200 words, other days, 4,000), 151 pages and 80,000 words later, the first full draft of Blood Price is complete. I write "full" with extra emphasis because, in case you haven't stumbled upon this tidbit in previous posts, Blood Price was an idea… Continue reading First Draft Completed: Blood Price Edition

Writing

The Romanticification of Publishing

(Yes, I made up a word for my title. You'll see another version of it, also made it, later in the post. Moving on...) I stumbled across an article today, entitled "Who Will Buy Your Book?" by Tom McAllister. The title intrigued me, so I thought I'd check it out, give it a quick read… Continue reading The Romanticification of Publishing

Random Musings

I Need To Up My Game

So, today is International Women's Day. My feed on Twitter was filled with people shouting out to some of their favorite female authors and some of their favorite series written by women. I had some come to mind, too, specifically from science fiction and fantasy, genres that I love so much. Sharon Shinn. Tamora Pierce.… Continue reading I Need To Up My Game

Random Musings

#PimpMyBio: Pitch Wars 2017

Welcome, friends. I'm new to both the Pitch Wars community and to this awesome #PimpMyBio blog hop, but I'm really excited to be a part of both. If you want to learn more about Pitch Wars, read this. If you want to meet some other fantastic writers participating in the blog hop, click here. If you want to… Continue reading #PimpMyBio: Pitch Wars 2017

Writing

Defeating the Brain

So, writing and your brain. Your brain is, arguably, the biggest asset to assist telling and crafting your stories. It also, not surprisingly, is your biggest enemy. One that I've been battling--and losing to--for the past six, seven months. There are three main areas, I think, where my brain has created mindsets and thoughts detrimental… Continue reading Defeating the Brain

Writing

Originality

I struggle with this concept so much, but never more than when I'm prepping to query. Whether I'm stalking agents on Twitter, perusing agency websites, utilizing the fantastic and wonderful Manuscript Wish List or just trying to craft my query in general, it never fails that this topic is brought up and I'm stuck with these… Continue reading Originality