Check Out My Favorite Books on Writing

On Writing by Stephen King This is my favorite book on the craft. I had to read it a couple of times in grad school. King has great advice wrapped in his own entertaining language. Here are a few of my favorites: If you want to be a writer, you must do two things aboveContinue reading “Check Out My Favorite Books on Writing”

The Three Ways I Fight Writer’s Block

Everyone gets writer’s block. It’s bound to happen. But you’re never truly blocked. Check out the three ways I fight writer’s block: Writer’s Toolbox This is my favorite way to beat back writer’s block. I actually used my Writer’s Toolbox to work out the plot for Lies that Bind and my new WIP, She AlmostContinue reading “The Three Ways I Fight Writer’s Block”

How to Write Realistic, Effective Dialogue

I used to struggle with writing dialogue. It came off stiff and unrealistic. And I couldn’t tell one character apart from another. But over the years, I’ve found that these tips have helped me improve my dialogue. Read Your Dialogue Out Loud This has been the best piece of advice that I’ve ever received. ReadingContinue reading “How to Write Realistic, Effective Dialogue”

Six Steps to Starting Your Novel

With NaNoWriMo coming up, it’s time to start planning your novel. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned writer, here are my six top tips to get you started. Tip 1: Create a unique main character You’re going to spend a lot of time with this character, so make them unique! And I’m not talking aboutContinue reading “Six Steps to Starting Your Novel”

The Characteristics of YA Fiction

My area of expertise is Young Adult (YA) contemporary fiction. I write novels that focus on teenagers in today’s modern world. Usually, my work has romance blended in, but for the purpose of today’s blog, I will be discussing YA as a whole. If you need help getting started on your book, check out myContinue reading “The Characteristics of YA Fiction”

How You Can Avoid Character & Plot Inconsistencies

Have you ever been writing a story and forgotten your main character’s hair color? Or developed a plot hole so big you don’t think there’s any way to salvage it? Been there. Done that. Regretted it. I always recommend at least a loose plot and character outline. But there are so many ways to doContinue reading “How You Can Avoid Character & Plot Inconsistencies”

Plotter, Pantser, or Somewhere in Between?

So here’s a quick rundown. A plotter knows exactly what is going to happen in their story. They likely have character and plot outlines, and they know what they want the ending to be. A pantser doesn’t plan their novel. They literally write by the seat of their pants! Above is a chart to helpContinue reading “Plotter, Pantser, or Somewhere in Between?”

eBooks or Print? How do they Measure Up?

To start off, I use the Kindle app. I read books on the Kindle app. I read books to my daughter on the Kindle app. But we also have three overflowing bookshelves. There are pros and cons to both eBooks and print books. Here are mine. eBooks Pros Compact You can have a hundred booksContinue reading “eBooks or Print? How do they Measure Up?”