How to overcome obstacles in your writing

As writers we often get the advice to ‘Just keep writing.’ ‘Don’t stop until you reach the end of your first draft!’ ‘Write first, edit later!’ And while this is to an extent, good advice, sometimes your plot gets off course, or you get the nagging feeling that something isn’t going the way you want... Continue Reading →

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20 ways getting your book out there is #worthit

Writing can be a thankless and lonely profession at times. I've compiled a list of 20 reasons writing and publishing your book is worth all the trouble. Hopefully this list will help keep you motivated while slogging through that first draft or working on your edits and re-writes. You come across one of your books... Continue Reading →

How many words is too many words?

For me, there’s nothing more cringe-worthy than when a first-time author announces that their manuscript is over 200,000 words, or worse yet, 300,000 words. The worst part is that they usually say with pride, like they’re looking for praise. I’ll admit, writing that many words is quite an accomplishment and for that reason, they should... Continue Reading →

Where do ideas come from?

I get asked this a lot: Where do you get your ideas? The answer is not very simple, I'm afraid. When writing or planning a novel, there are always things that influence the style, plot, characters, and ect. More often than not, those influences are subconscious ones. In the case of my latest novel, Uncharted, I’m... Continue Reading →

The importance of being organized

I've always found scheduling and organizing to be a challenge. It's probably because I'm really not a planner. Most things, including my day-to-day schedule exist in my head, or on little scraps of paper when I choose to jot something down. However, since I became an entrepreneur I've had to do more in the way... Continue Reading →

Public Speaking for Authors

  Lately, this has been the topic I’ve been tackling in my day-to-day life, so I thought I should tackle it here as well. Like most writers I know, I’m an introvert. I prefer to write, read, edit, and generally work behind the scenes. When I go out to network, sell books and meet people,... Continue Reading →

Planning for Pantsers

I’m a pantser. What does that mean? It means that I’d rather ‘write by the seat of my pants’ than plan anything beforehand. However, with my latest book Uncharted, written with my co-writer Murandy Damodred, we did more planning than I’m used to and I think it helped us. Making Notes: Since Murandy and I... Continue Reading →

How to co-write your novel

Murandy Damodred and I wrote our fantasy / romantic comedy novel, Uncharted, together. This is not our first co-written novel. In fact, it’s our fifth, so we’ve got a system worked out. There are lots of ways to divide the work, but here's our method: First we split up the characters: Since we write primarily... Continue Reading →

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