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
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)
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!
When I wrote The Cougarette in 2015, I only dreamed that one person would read my scribbles. Now here I am, two years and eight books later, and fans of the series keep me encouraged to write! I always wished for a venue beyond Tweets, blogpost, and reviews to touch bases with my loyal (and… Read More Introducing…The Filth Mob!
NaNoWriMo begins in less than forty-eight hours. So come 11:59pm on Halloween evening, I will be hunkered down over my laptop, locked and loaded to begin my November journey toward fifty thousand words. I should be an old pro at this. I even self-published my 2014 and 2015 winners, garnering over a hundred reviews between the two novels.… Read More My Scary Weekend Before NaNoWriMo