Q & A: Research and interviewing

The idea of interviewing people is terrifying. That’s why I’m not a journalist.  I’ve always wanted to be a fiction writer. But as you know, everyone tells us to pick a backup career. My backup was journalism. I minored in media studies in college and managed through the journalism...

Writing Tip: Getting the words right

Every writer needs to understand the importance of semantics and connotation. In our case, we’re talking about using the exact correct word needed to evoke the emotion or image we want. Imagine you’re reading a story about how the protagonist smashed her car into a tree, but then later...

Don’t let fear and vulnerability keep you from writing

When I come across good writing advice, or general advice that I can apply to writing, I often think about how I would present it to a class. Thinking about how to explain techniques to someone else enhances our own understanding. It also encourages us to use the advice...

Writing Tip: creating fantasy names

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m writing a YA fantasy novel. My plan was to do all my plotting and planning in May and jump into writing in June. I thought if I had all of it mapped out in my head, once I sat down to...

Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

Psychology Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone By Brené Brown 194 pp. Random House $18.00 In Braving the Wilderness, Brené talks about how we struggle with wanting to belong with the in-crowd, but we find true belonging when we are true...

Pantsing didn’t work for me, but here’s what did

I get tired of the pantsing versus plotting discussions. This isn’t meant to debate either of those, but to share with you what worked for me. Last year, I got an inkling of a story idea. I don’t remember where it came from. All I remember is that there...

Why editing in a bad mood may not be a good idea

Think about how your day goes when you’re in a bad mood. Do any of the following sound familiar? Are you more likely to be grumpy? Have less patience towards other people? Do you notice negative things more? Do you overreact to small things? Are you less objective? These...

The Waiting Game (a vampire short story)

Dante promised himself he wouldn’t leave the house again, but Lydia’s smell—lilacs and puppy dog kisses and sweet innocence—were like a giant brownie sundae to an extreme dieter. Despite knowing better, he let it lure him out into the night, into her world. A place he didn’t belong anymore. ...

Feeling overwhelmed? Make a decision.

Does uncertainty have you feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is crawl in bed? It does me. Especially, because it’s been rainy here. I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time. I’m making a slipcover. I’ve learned new things from watching marketing and...

Overcome Writing Fear

Have you ever suffered from conflicting emotions about writing? You want to write, but fear it too. Does this sound familiar? I have a desire and need to write, deep down in my gut. Even when I’m not actively writing, I’m constantly studying and thinking about it. My shelves...