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”

Why I Write Historical Adventures

Earlier this year I put up a similar post titled Why I Write Historical Fiction. One of the many things I didn’t know when I started my writing journey is how many genres there truly are. There’s your “umbrella” genres, where you strictly write “history” or “fantasy” or “mystery.” But then there’s all the subcategoriesContinue reading “Why I Write Historical Adventures”

Seven Single-Use Things I No Longer Buy

Some time ago, I blogged about things I’d decluttered from my home and my life. It’s been some time since that original post, so I thought I’d discuss seven single-use things I no longer buy. No, my blog isn’t turning into a low-waste one, but things are changing in my habits and lifestyle that IContinue reading “Seven Single-Use Things I No Longer Buy”

18 Links Any Writer Can Use

To be borderline cliche with this post’s opening statement, the Internet can be a vast, confusing place. With so many voices giving advice both good and bad, how do you even begin to choose what’s right for you? So, then, how can you trust anything I have to say? I didn’t mean to go allContinue reading “18 Links Any Writer Can Use”

Punctuation I Never Knew Had Names

Semicolon. Colon. Dash. Period. Question mark. Those are the common ones, right? They’re the ones tech companies put on our QWERTY keyboards because everyone uses them. But did you know that everything has a name? Like ꞏ, *, and § ? I wasn’t sure how to section off that last bit with all the punctuation!Continue reading “Punctuation I Never Knew Had Names”

Following Twitter Trends

Trends. They can be tricky to wade through if you’re just starting out on the platform or if you’ve never really paid attention to them before. I’ll admit that when I first started getting back into Twitter I was thoroughly confused by them. I used to think that I had to use every single “popular”Continue reading “Following Twitter Trends”

#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen

When I began writing this post I was nearing the end of my first project. Key word: was. Then I tried writing the next book in the series and nothing was working; until I had a late night conversation with one of my beta readers (aren’t betas awesome?). What began life as a novella turnedContinue reading “#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen”

Facing It | Author Envy

Have you been able to pinpoint exactly why your favorite authors are, in fact, your favorite? Is it their writing style? Their genre? How active they are on their social media? What they do looks easy when you’re reading it, doesn’t it? They can pump out a new book every year or two so youContinue reading “Facing It | Author Envy”

Research It | Covered Bridges

Pennsylvania. The land of bridges. If you read my last post about the different kinds of maps, then you’ll know about topographical maps. If not, then the briefest definition of topography is the “detailed description or representation on a map of the natural and artificial features of an area” and is used mostly in theContinue reading “Research It | Covered Bridges”