June writing prompts

June 1st: The screen flickered, and then he was gone. She sat back, her eyes narrowed as she surveyed the monitor. Did that really just happen? Forefinger and thumb rubbed the bridge of her nose, pushing up her glasses. “I need a drink.” It was true, but it had been so long since any form... Continue Reading →

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Dandelions

We recently moved over 3,000 miles across the country to a Great Lake area city. With this, comes a large shift in climate. Our previous city was hot and dry in the summer and cold and dry in the winter. The green that one could see usually appeared dusty and dull, as if covered in... Continue Reading →

Editing never ceases

I wish I could say that everything was perfect with the book launch and with the book itself. It wasn't, and I have learned a lot about this process including that editing and perfecting one's craft can never cease. One thing that occurred through reading the reviews that my book has gotten so far is... Continue Reading →

M. H. Elrich!

M. H. Elrich and I grew up telling stories and creating characters and worlds together. I am so honored and pleased to host her on my blog today as she launches her first book, Etania's Worth. I hope you enjoy her stories as much as I do!

9 Things Not to Do in NaNoWriMo

In writing Legacy this November, I have enjoyed and relished the advice that has floated down my timeline. Hopefully you gain something from this as I did.

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1. Don’t Bore Yourself

When I’m starting a writing class, I usually emphasise that the most important thing in a first draft isn’t the idea, it isn’t the atmosphere, and it certainly isn’t the individual sentences.

The most important thing in the first draft is excitement.

If you write what you know are in-between bits, they will read as in-between bits.

You need to be excited by what you’re writing, so that the reader gets excited by it.

This isn’t dependent on genre. For a romance writer, they can be romantically thrilled; for an experimental writer, they can be experimentally stoked.

If you write something that’s flat to begin with, pumping it up will just leave you something obviously hollow.

When faced with a choice in plotting, you need to overdo, overcomplicate and overwhelm yourself with possibilities, rather than timidly get something down you know you can safely finish.

Leave tidying up for December…

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