Category Archives: writing advice

Disclaimer #1: I’ve grown to dislike giving writing advice. Everyone’s opinions differ and I don’t believe there is one “right” way to do things.   Disclaimer #2: I am not an expert. I only just dove head-first into the writing … Continue reading

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With NaNoWriMo in full swing, and many people (myself included!) getting burnt out by the push to reach the daily word count, I thought it might be useful to put together a few tips to help my fellow writers forge … Continue reading

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I recently started revisions for The Witch Hunter’s Bible after having not read the book in quite some time. This break allowed me some much-needed perspective, and with this perspective came the realization that I’d really abused the crap out a few … Continue reading

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A few weeks ago (I’m behind on the times! I blame the revisions cave), author Colson Whitehead wrote a hilarious article over at a little magazine called The New York Times on the subject of writing advice. If you haven’t already read … Continue reading

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So you may or may not have heard me whining about my book title recently. In case you’ve somehow missed it, I’ll fill you in: The Witch Hunter’s Bible, my 2014 debut from Random House (you know I just had … Continue reading

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It’s that time for another reader question! Q:  How do you go about naming your main character(s)? I know some authors can’t start writing unless they have chosen a name, claiming it helps them to get to “know” the character. … Continue reading

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What does this Magic Mike promotional picture have to do with formula fiction, you ask? Well, it’s because there’s also a formula at play here. No shirt + abs X 5= me first in line at the movies on Friday. … Continue reading

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Even the most casual follower of my blog will have heard my crazy fangirl ravings at one time or another. I may be a grown adult woman, but when I find a book I love, I can’t help forcefully shoving … Continue reading

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So I’m in this weird limbo where I’m waiting for my edit letter, and I don’t want to start the sequel of my new book in case it changes the path of the sequel and I’m wasting my time, and … Continue reading

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  It’s that time, y’all!   Original Query Letter   Dear Agent:   Young witch Gemma Morrin’s life takes a dangerous twist when a member of her ancestral coven asks her to hide a powerful grimoire. The book holds secrets … Continue reading

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Inspired by Amy Christine Parker’s  blog post about her writing cheerleaders, I decided to give a shout out to some of my own. Ruth Lauren Steven Anyone following my blog has heard of Ruth Lauren Steven. She’s an author of ridiculously … Continue reading

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The answer to that question is yes. Absolutely, yes. There are about a zillion ‘pros’ to being an author, including but not limited to inflicting my opinion on the world, naming villains after those who’ve wronged me in the past, … Continue reading

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It’s impossible to be a writer and NOT have heard the phrase ‘This business is so subjective’.  And having been the recipient of numerous form rejections accompanied with this well-meaning advice, I feel qualified in saying I found it annoying. To me it translated … Continue reading

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If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, it is possible you may be suffering from Writer’s Block: -Staring at your blank computer screen for hours on end -Watching the clock count out every painful second of your … Continue reading

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“Where the hell do you find time to write?” This has to be the most frequent question I receive from my non-writer friends, right after “Can I have a walk-on role in the movie version of your book?” And I … Continue reading

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They’re just words that modify a verb, and usually end in ly. Sounds pretty inoffensive, right? Wrong. They’re evil. Or at least that’s what writers are often led to believe. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before–adverbs are a sign of … Continue reading

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