Now that I've rewritten two full books--no, I'm not about to say I'm an expert--I've just begun to recognize the process of taking your 15-year-old self's 2am sleep-drunk ramblings and turning them into a boook (with emphasis on the "ooo"f). I've also been working through outlining my series to fit in all the consistency checks … Continue reading Reworking Your Work 5 Self-Editing Tips
Hi everybody! It's been a hot minute, I've been working my tail off on book two (and working my tail off in general) and I thought I'd share one of my favorite scenes from TS:Laevatein's Choice. Enjoy! “What do you say to playing around with these?” Geoffrey offered candidly. Mark’s heart pattered excitedly. “You said … Continue reading Surprise! Excerpt from my new book!
It's Finally Time! I cannot believe how far I've come! Fire's Hope is edited, proofread, formatted, and it has a lovely cover I designed myself! This is incredibly, I've been dreaming of this and it's finally time to bring my baby into the world and I want you to celebrate with me! It's Giveaway Time! … Continue reading Week 30: FIRE’S HOPE COVER REVEAL!!!
Why characters won't do what I told them! I like many have experienced this, you're trying to write a gripping story, and your stupid characters want to do their own thing! They won't follow the outline. Come on guys, follow the outline! But they just won't listen. The cynic in me says, "stop talking to … Continue reading Week 27: Character Anarchy
I was tagged by Patrick Pena on twitter @patwritesbooks to do the 7-7-7 tag. It's really simple. Go to page 7 of your manuscript. Share 7 sentences. Then pass tag 7 other people. Easy Peasey! It was surprisingly hard to decide which one of my WIPs to do this for. The one I just finished, the … Continue reading Midweek 24: Quickie tag 7-7-7
One of the questions I hear authors get asked a lot is "would you ever publish something you wrote in your teens" and they immediately laugh nervously with a unanimous "No!" Well... I wrote Fire's Hope when I was 13... In the high of writing a complete story for the first time and not just … Continue reading Week 22: The Editing Trenches–Everything I’ve Learned So Far.
Hello Writer's and Readers, I'm sorry for the inconsistency with Blog posts lately, I've been putting my all into editing FH's hope (AFRICKINGAIN) and I'm now on draft #4. I have been watching tons of writing videos in search of inspiration and I found this lovely tag by Kim Chance and Mandi Lynn and I thought … Continue reading Week 21: Writing Rituals Tag
At the beginning of this year I wrote out a very long set of goals I called the "February 14th plan" for much of January and February I tried to keep to that, following an intense editing schedule and though I fell behind, unable to start my plan on February 14 like I planned, I … Continue reading Week 20: Bimonthly Goals March-April 2018
Until recently I've never been much of a book collector making good use of my local library whenever I wanted to read a book. I'm also a big believer in Audible.com, and the ability to listen to books usually makes me understand them better. But on January 30 Kim Chance's debut novel "Keeper" hit the … Continue reading Week 17: Book Haul!
Last week I talked about how Parental figures in our stories shape the characters we create, this week I'm veering away from Character Development to talk about how I have been influenced as a writer over the last few months. Back in October I took Jenna Moreci's Skillshare class and through it I determined to … Continue reading Week 16: The Writers Who Shape Me