Revising Your Book

I get asked about revising a lot. A lot. I have been asked about the process so much that I crafted a workshop out of it. I can't give the same workshop every month, but it's a fairly vital topic. Writing and revising are not easy. First, there's the writing part, which is as arduous … Continue reading Revising Your Book

So close…

At 96,000 words, IN THE HEART OF THE HOLLOW FOREST is close to completion. The story has arrived at the climax in that glowing glass forest, and I have a strict outline in place for how the final scene goes down. It's sad, kinda brutal, and arriving just in time for October. But I still … Continue reading So close…

End of NaNo means one thing…

We're six days away from the end of November, and many of you know what that means. The end of NaNoWriMo looms nigh, and for many, that means the end of a draft. As writers, we all know what comes after you complete a rough draft... TIME TO MURDER YOUR MANUSCRIPT. The revision process is … Continue reading End of NaNo means one thing…

“I think I can”

Lately, my life has been very chaotic. And while chaos is pretty much my norm, it's rare for me to go for months at a time with no lulls. Lulls are important. They are the oases by which I chart my course, because I know that in the lull, I'll finally be able to breathe. … Continue reading “I think I can”

Bethlehem Steel

For the past week, I've been up north visiting family. My great aunt passed away, and we traveled up to Pennsylvania to intern her ashes and scatter my grandfather's. It's not often I get to visit with my extended family—they're scattered between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and I live all the way down in South … Continue reading Bethlehem Steel

Writing Process Blog Hop

Hello, folks! I've been tagged by the stupendously awesome Katie Bucklein for the #mywritingprocess blog hop. Katie is, quite simply put, a badass. Her writing is smooth as butter, her stories are beyond epic, and her grasp of YA fantasy is stellar. If your interest has been piqued, you can also find her on Twitter. Now, for the … Continue reading Writing Process Blog Hop

Rich storytelling (or why I’ve missed the old Final Fantasy)

Okay. This is an argument you hear from a lot of people. It's been harped on enough that I'm fairly sure it's a dead horse, so there's no point in beating it any further. But. There are many, many things that shaped me as a writer. I love books, but there are so many ways … Continue reading Rich storytelling (or why I’ve missed the old Final Fantasy)