I'm on a writing hiatus. I have two writing projects that are in my head and want to be written. I haven't written a word on either of these projects in over a month and a half, despite my characters' pleas. I'm not here to make excuses or to explain why circumstances necessitated a break from an … Continue reading When On a Writing Hiatus
“It’s been an awful year,” I said to my brother Andrew. It was 11:30 on New Year’s Eve 2016, just outside of Seattle, and we were the only ones in the house still up. The music was low, the kitchen was a warm glow in the darkness, and the mood was much more suited to … Continue reading Is it a Comedy or a Tragedy?
Every author, published or not-yet-published, goes through spurts of wanting to quit. I recently had one of those moments. It took a day or two of me thinking about how I’m not sure if I can complete the task ahead, or complete the revisions needed, and get the right words on paper. I don’t have … Continue reading The World Needs YOUR Words
I started October with just half of a story in my head, and that made me nervous. This is the month to plan for November, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 2017 will be my sixth year writing (at least part of) a novel while thousands of people around the world are doing the same … Continue reading Brainstorming with a Partner
I just got back from a whirlwind trip in various European countries after two weeks of traveling for a writing retreat and work. There are many MANY things that I saw and experienced that I know I don’t fully appreciate yet because I’m still a bit jet-lagged and haven’t had the mental capacity to really … Continue reading Tell The Story
If you’ve been writing for a certain amount of time and told people about it, chances are you’ve heard something along the lines of, “How do you find time for that?” Or, “I’d write if I could find the time.” Finding the time to write can indeed be a trick. But it’s probably not as … Continue reading Protecting Your Heart For Writing
Next Tuesday, my sophomore novel, Paper Chains, will be released into the world. In the weeks ahead, I’ve got school visits, a book festival, a writing conference, a library event, and the high-profile privilege of being interviewed by a fourth grader (one of the perks of writing for kids.) This particular fourth grader asked some really … Continue reading Story Soup -or- Where Do You Get Your Ideas?