#WriteTip ~ Authentic Voices

There are two very specific “voices” in writing. One can be changed, one can’t. Let’s look at them for one moment.   First, there is your author voice. That special je ne sais quoi that means someone can blindly grab a book, read one line, and know you wrote it. It’s more than just your…

#WriteTip ~ Convenient Pitfalls

We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another, just as so many other writing faux pas. Convenience is fabulous when you need a late night snack or early morning caffeine fix, but it is best left to 24/7 store types and far from your manuscript. There has to be a certain level…

#WriteTip ~ Show Me The Feelings!

If you did not read the title of this blog post in Jerry Maguire’s voice, please find a spot on the couch, cuddle with a stuffed animal, and let’s figure out where in life you went so wrong. If you did, in fact, read this in the aforementioned jubilant tone… you may continue. Thinking back…

#WriteOnFriday ~ Quotable Quotes

True confession time again, my lovelies! I am a quote whore. I adore quotes and do my damndest to remember them accurately and attribute them correctly. Call it leftovers from my days as a scrapbooking fiend because quotes play a huge role in the craft of piecing together random strips of paper with stickers and…

#WriteOnFriday ~ Silence

Writing can be a noisy process. There are many times you have multiple characters vying for attention and they will happily scream over one another in order to get it. An annoying cacophony of voices begging for their stories to be told first! <insert pouty foot stomp here> And they are not going to take…

#WriteTip ~ My sources

The writing community is an important one. Essential. I know I speak often of the mental and emotional support that you can find there to help you get through the agonizing labor pains that come from birthing a book, but the worth of friends, CPs, and betas extends much further because they educate as well….

#WriteOnFriday ~ The Little Things

That title is moderately self-indulgent. I’m 5’1”. I’m a big (pun totally intended) fan of small things. But there is value in them! Little goals, little victories, little accomplishments. Every one has worth and purpose and should be celebrated. You know the old riddle/saying/quote (let’s just be real, I have no idea what it should…

#WriteTip ~ Antagonist vs Villain

Several times lately I’ve seen various writing friends refer to their baddies (and I am giggling because a certain writing friend has threatened to disown me for saying the word “baddie”) as antagonists and villains as though they were interchangeable. This is, sadly, not always true. Yes, Virginia, there is a difference. First let’s see…

#WriteOnFriday ~ Look! Squirrel!

We are close enough to handle a round of True Confessions, right? Here’s mine: I have writerly ADD. What is that exactly? It is a condition where too many voices are clamoring for attention and drawing you in multiple directions. OR it can present as one story speaking to you very, very strongly when… all…

#WriteTip ~ Connection

One of the hardest critiques (but one of the most necessary ones to hear) is that a reader doesn’t connect to your character. I’ve had this happen a few times and it devastated me. Like a stop writing and question every life choice that has led me to this point level of devastation.   This…