NaNoWriMo, Writing

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Crafting The Sequel

National Novel Writing Month. Better yet, the month before National Novel Writing Month.  NaNoPrep almost feels like you’re gearing up all October long to go on a hike – a mental, creative hike. But, for a notorious planner like me, the prep is required.  NaNo is a 30-day journey to a 50,000-word goal. 1,667 words… Read More The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Crafting The Sequel

Writing

GUEST POST: The Wacky Way I Generate Book Ideas

Today’s guest on the blog is Crimson Romance-backed scribe, Jillian David.  An author of over a dozen romances, Jillian is also a physician who has a loving hubby, adorable cats, and an addiction to hiking. Yet, she’s found time to bang out a slew of naughty novels, with genres ranging from paranormal to cowboy. Read… Read More GUEST POST: The Wacky Way I Generate Book Ideas

Thirty On Tap, Writing

Why Having a “Work in Progress” Isn’t a Bad Thing

Writers often have a love/hate relationship with finishing a manuscript. On one hand, there’s nothing quite like the sweet relief that comes with writing ‘The End’ when finishing a work in progress (or WIP). I recently had this gratifying experience with the first draft of my upcoming novel, The Follow. Over sixty-six thousand words of… Read More Why Having a “Work in Progress” Isn’t a Bad Thing

Writing

The Revenge Muse – Creating Characters Based on Real People (Without Being Too Petty)

Characters. I love meeting mine for the first time.  We’re virtual strangers through the first draft and BFFs by the final.  While often they are reflections of ourselves, characters (if we creatives allow them) can write their own story with us only punching the keys. That said, it ain’t all unicorns and rainbows, either. For… Read More The Revenge Muse – Creating Characters Based on Real People (Without Being Too Petty)

Writing

Is This The End? 3 Ways to End Your Novel With a Bang!

There comes a bittersweet moment for every author. They realize the end of writing the first draft of their book is near. Then they become filled with a happy panic. Happy because YES! The goddamn #shittyfirstdraft is finally done. Time to rewrite. Panic because OMG…time to rewrite. Rewriting (or, in some cases, dissecting plotlines and revising… Read More Is This The End? 3 Ways to End Your Novel With a Bang!