Music That Drives My Writing – Part 2

You’d think my music choices would be reflected in what I write. There’s lots of sci-fi, fantasy and epic battle music involved. However, I write historical adventure fiction, so I suppose it works for the adventure part? This post is a rehash of one I did earlier in 2019, but things have changed. National Treasure’sContinue reading “Music That Drives My Writing – Part 2”

My Seven Writing Goals for 2020

2019, for me anyway, was a rather directionless year. Every time I tried to set a schedule, or curb my procrastinator nature, my laziness grew by leaps and bounds. Yes, you read that right. I am a lazy writer. And I don’t want to be. 2020. Not only do those numbers roll right off theContinue reading “My Seven Writing Goals for 2020”

The First Ten Bookmarks in My Writing Folder

Quick links, bookmarks and folders, oh my! If you’re a writer who prefers keys at your fingertips rather than a typewriter, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Bookmarks are incredibly useful things when you want to save a link for future referral in your web browser, or even as an icon on yourContinue reading “The First Ten Bookmarks in My Writing Folder”

Why I Stopped Reviewing Books

Reviews. They’re as good as gold for authors, publishers, agents and potential readers. While some look for a good story or lovable characters, others thoroughly enjoy dissecting and catching every mistake. How do you find the right balance between glowing praise and hateful cynicism? That’s just one of the many reasons I decided to stopContinue reading “Why I Stopped Reviewing Books”

How Removing One Villain Solved Everything

I’m one of those people who learn lessons the hard way. It’s a stubborn streak I inherited from three of my grandparents. As much as I love them – thanks guys. Some cycles are harder to break than others. This can be applied to characters you create for stories as well. You fall in loveContinue reading “How Removing One Villain Solved Everything”

When a Character Says Goodbye

I always thought writers were crazy when they Tweeted about their characters “speaking” to them. For the first time since my novel’s conception, I experienced a “sayōnara” moment with my original villain. Now I know what all those “crazy writers” were talking about. And you know what? I’m now one of them. Yay! The downsideContinue reading “When a Character Says Goodbye”

When Minimalism and Family Clash

Only you can change yourself. It isn’t something anyone else can do for you. The same is true for people in your life. You can’t force them to change to your mindset, because they’ll resist just as much as you know you would. Where is this coming from? It’s got nothing to do with writing.Continue reading “When Minimalism and Family Clash”

Top Ten Posts of 2019

There’s three more months left in 2019, but with my site’s recent anniversary of being live, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of its most popular posts from 2019. Let’s rewind and take a look in the vault and resurrect ten of them! AN INTERVIEW WITH JENI CHAPPELLERead Count: 100Post Type:Continue reading “Top Ten Posts of 2019”

I Am Discontinuing “The Bulletin.” Here’s Why.

Happy Monday, publishing world! Today’s one of those days where I finally made a decision on something and I must admit that it feels rather great. Back in July I announced a new eNewsletter called The Bulletin. In the three months of putting it out, here’s what I’ve learned: A. I’m sorely unqualified to produceContinue reading “I Am Discontinuing “The Bulletin.” Here’s Why.”

Five More Books On My Reading Wish List (That I Just Bought)

Every writer, reader, agent, editor and publicist has a list of books they want to read. Some sit in an Amazon cart, others take to the library and still more are found in indie bookstores. No matter where you do your book shopping, you know what you’re looking for. Okay, maybe not necessarily always, butContinue reading “Five More Books On My Reading Wish List (That I Just Bought)”