AKA How My Lame Dancing Skills Applies to Writing Well We all come programmed to have fears. I’ll tell you mine: spiders, dancing in front of people, the popping of crescent dough rolls when you open them (I hoover in the corner, cover my ears, and make my boys open them. Yes. For real.) And … Continue reading Overcoming Your Writing Fears
You don't have to be a gun expert to write about guns. In most cases, you're actually better off being as non-specific as possible. Getting into a lot of details about actions and calibers and so on is a sure-fire way to put most of your readers to sleep. When details matter, though, it's important to get them right. Failing to do so can turn readers off to your writing.
OR, You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry In their book, Million Dollar Professionalism for the Writer, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta lay out the following bit of advice: “Never, never, ever, never, never, never, never ever be a jerk.” I’m half tempted to offer a hearty “Amen!” and end this blog post right … Continue reading Professional Etiquette for Writers
The year I felt profoundly moved to pursue publication for my novels was—you guessed it—the same year that I got pregnant (after years of infertility, too, which makes it doubly ironic). I jumped into the querying game when my daughter was barely a year old, and sold my first book not long after her third … Continue reading How To Write As A Stay-At-Home Parent
This post is going to be difficult for me to write. Difficult, because that’s what all writing has been for me lately--difficult. And for a very good reason. . . . For many people, writing comes as a solace during difficult times. When someone experiences the loss of a loved one, for instance—like I did … Continue reading Writing (or not) After Loss
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?
I recently asked friends on social media what they’d most like to know about writing—the most popular response had to do with writing a book. How do you start? What do you do when you’ve finished? Since we’re heading into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the beginning seems like a very good place to start. … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Novel?