5 Reasons to Officially Sign Up for NaNoWriMo

5 Reasons to Officially Sign Up for NaNoWriMo

This post was originally published October 23, 2015. But with NaNoWriMo starting up again tomorrow, I thought you’d enjoy it! This year, I’ve officially signed up for NaNoWriMo again. I briefly considered doing it unofficially, but then I realized that I would be missing out on several benefits that I really enjoy. While doing NaNoWriMo […]

The Reason for Cyclical Writing

The Reason for Cyclical Writing

I’m plotting a book. Yes. I’m a plotter. 100%. Here is a picture of the current book I’m plotting. Needless to say, I’m up to my eyeballs in sticky-note-plot-points, planning worksheets, mini-brainstorming posts with critique partners, etc. And for a reason I couldn’t understand, I found myself being too cyclical in my plot. Cyclical writing […]

Should Authors Write in Multiple Genres?

Should Authors Write in Multiple Genres?

I’ve seen this question all over the web. Agents write about it. Marketing specialists write about it. Writers write about it. Honestly, it seems like the kind of question that has no answer. Or, a million answers, depending on how you look at it. Also, it’s controversial. In this blog post, I don’t intend to […]

Projecting Your Emotions into Your Characters

Projecting Your Emotions into Your Characters

I recently read a book where a man lost his wife and was now falling for another woman. Letting go of the past was hard for him. Or so he said. But honestly, the more I read, the more I just couldn’t get behind the love story between him and the heroine. I kept trying to understand […]

Writing as Yourself and No One Else

Writing as Yourself and No One Else

Recently I read a fabulous book. It pulled me in, and I couldn’t stop. Why? Because everything was written as it should be. I fell for the characters. The setting dazzled me. The book was a typical 300+ page length, but felt altogether too short because I wanted to live with these characters forever. As […]