2018 was... difficult.

The most fundamental part of writing is the ability of introspection. This can be a writer's best friend or worst enemy depending on...

2017 Quest for a Publisher Update

Now that one quarter of the year is firmly under our belt and I've been searching for a new publisher for two of those three months, I...

NaNoWriMo and Word Counts

Many of you may have heard about NaNoWriMo, the abbreviated form of National Novel Writing Month. Its designated month is the month of...

Support and Critique Groups

I've been a part of several writers' support groups online. They are easy enough to leave or ignore if the environment is hostile or...

Find Your Support Group

Here in southwest Montana, it isn't the easiest notion to find other writers of the same genre as me. And when I do... well, let's say a...

This Crazy Life

I found it difficult to write over the holiday break. Everyone was home, there were holiday things to do, and even though I would carve...

I Write Poorly, but I Revise Well

It seems when writers start out they feel as though they must write the perfect sentence, followed by another perfect sentence, that in...

Plotting Made Simple

All right, so last blog post I wrote on whether you should be a pantser or a plotter. What was the verdict? I'm a total panster-I write...

Plotter or Pantser?

This is a question that will come up often for new authors in writer's circles. They need to feel that the way their story is coming...

Time Management

Time management is crucial for any writer's career. In order to develop our stories and our author platforms we need to make time to...

Killing Off a Minor Character

I will admit it, the title sounds more dire than the actual content of the post. The Minor Character I'm referencing was written into the...

How to Write Engagingly

Wow. It's been almost a full month since I've blogged! I must apologize. In the spare few minutes I've had for writing I've devoted the...

The Mary Sue Character

If your reader or editor says there is a Mary Sue character in your writing it isn't a good attribute. So what is a Mary Sue character,...

The Hemingway App

I've been introduced to the Hemingway App this week and it is fantastic. (Thank you Twitter for broadening my horizons.) It has also made...

A few thoughts on post-production

It seems that once a novel is completed people outside of the author automatically expect a publication date. A date a few weeks from...