Finally Learning to Plot

As followers of this blog will likely already know, Murandy Damodred and I are pantsers when it comes to writing, which means we tend to write by the seat of our pants; wild and free, without much forethought. Over the years, however, we've learned a few things from plotters, those who plan out every character,... Continue Reading →

Novels vs. Novellas vs. Short Stories – And what in the world is a Novellette?

I’m a novelist. I’ve a long history of writing longer books, and some multiple book series, even. Though recently, I’ve had the chance to experiment with shorter forms and I’ve discovered that writing a novel is a very different experience from writing a short story, for example.  I know how strange it sounds. Writing is... Continue Reading →

Improving Your Character’s Voice

Lately I've been working on my... third? draft of Uncommon, the novel I wrote during my month-long residency in New Orleans back in February. I'll admit, I've been having a rough time of it. You see, I wrote this book very, very quickly. I'm now wondering if that was the greatest idea, or if I... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block is a big topic and one that I’ve touched on before and will likely come back to again. The problem with writer’s block is that there isn’t just one cause for it and for that reason, there can be no one-size-fits-all blanket solutions. So the first step to overcoming writer’s block if you... Continue Reading →

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