The newest episode of the podcast is up! Listen below, or scroll for the transcript. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA0G1r06svI Inspiration is a bear. It’s either falling from the sky, a lightning bolt to the head that brings about a divine delivery of characters, world-building, plot and voice in a single moment. That does happen, but it’s rare. Most … Continue reading Inspiration & Making the Leap From Fan-Fiction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQA5tT3NwvI The new podcast episode is up! Listen above, or if you prefer to read your writing advice, scroll away! First of all – if you haven’t already realized this I’m going to say it again – we all generally hate ourselves when we sit down to write. I’m currently holed up in a hotel … Continue reading Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write
On today's episode of the podcast I address a question from a listener about tackling the difficulties of writing in your non-native language. Listen in, or if you prefer, read below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-zxEc697zs I received an email from a listener who is struggling to move forward with her work in progress. Part of the reason for … Continue reading Writing In English When It’s Not Your Native Language
There's a new thing in my life, and it's carpal tunnel. I don't have any pain, which is good, but I do have numb fingers. For a writer, this is bad. I've been wearing a brace and doing exercises and taking anti-inflammatories, and Googling (WebMd told me I had a brain tumor). Everything I can … Continue reading My Carpal Tunnel & What It Means For You
Last week marked the five year anniversary of my debut, Not A Drop to Drink being published. Since my post-apocalyptic debut I've written historical, mystery, contemporary, thriller, and fantasy. With seven books published, and an eighth coming in March, I've researched some odd things. One of the difficulties facing me when I started writing Not … Continue reading An Anniversary, The Pros & Cons of Drinking Your Own Pee, Plus How Serious Are You About That Research?
Today's podcast episode features a roundup of guests and topics for the month as well as my thoughts on how to get past the neurotic need to make the first draft perfect. The transcript is below, for those who prefer to read their writing advice. Also, don't miss the October 1st exclusive agent and editor … Continue reading How To Bang Out That First Draft
Today's podcast episode features a roundup of guests and topics for the month as well as my thoughts on how to write unlikeable characters. The transcript is below, for those who prefer to read their writing advice. Also, don't miss the September 1st exclusive agent and editor podcast episodes available through Patreon. My agent guest … Continue reading How To Write Unlikeable Characters
In September I'll be welcoming Jennifer Laughran, a senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency to the podcast. Special agent and editor featured episodes are available by supporting the podcast through Patreon for as little as $5 a month. Listen to the teaser below for a taste of our conversation, including such topics as what … Continue reading Announcing Literary Agent Guest For September… Jennifer Laughran!
I'm highlighting the podcast today, as the newest episode features a guest who tackles very tough issues in her YA fiction. Jessica Verdi is the author of the YA contemporary novels My Life After Now, The Summer I Wasn’t Me, What You Left Behind, as well as And She Was. Jess received her MFA in … Continue reading Jessica Verdi On Tackling Tough Topics In Her Fiction
This week's podcast episode is a roundup of all my guests and topics for the month of July, as well as my advice on how to trim down your word count when a manuscript is bloated beyond belief. I offer manuscript critiques and one of the common mistakes I see new writers making is pacing … Continue reading How to Trim Down the Word Count On A Bloated Manuscript