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!
About three years ago I got fed up looking at Fire's Hope and decided to finally buckle down and rewrite it. So I started with an outline. I went through and took scenes I thought were absolutely necessary and did bullet points on all the notes I wanted to hit. The rewrite took a good … Continue reading Book2: The Rewrite Process
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 everyone! Sorry for no blog last week, I needed a short break to finish my Self-Edit of Fire's Hope and guess what?! I finally finished it! FH is as ready as I can get it for the professional edit and today I sent out my baby to my editor! Quick Update for this week: … Continue reading Week 19: Writing 14 Books
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
One of the longest running themes I write about in my books is the importance of having parents who love and guide their children, however, most of my characters have one or more dysfunctional parents, or none at all. My main character has been molded over the course of the first series to becoming a … Continue reading Week 15: How Parental Figures shape characters
This year, I'm going to get published!I'm a strong believer in positive thinking to motivate yourself, and last year I set out with a list of unreachable goals, most of these goals I thought were crazy, but come June 2017, some of them actually started falling together! Last summer I determined I wanted to be … Continue reading Week 12: New Years Resolutions!