Category Archives: Creative Writing 101

Staying Focused and Such

One day, people, one day I will get through an entire novel without having some kind of crisis. Yes? I’ll wait patiently over there while you laugh hysterically. So, here’s what happened. Long story short, it’s because I don’t have an outline for this story. Usually, by this point in the process, I have a… Continue Reading

Watching TV Makes You A Better Writer

Have you ever considered a trip to the movies to be writing research? Or that weekend binging Xena, Warrior Princess?  If you haven’t, I’m about to explain why you should consider changing your mind. We can learn a lot about writing from movies because one, movies are written before they’re filmed, and two, it’s a great… Continue Reading

Writing Multiple Point of Views + Winter’s Siren Release Day!

Given how WINTER’S SIREN (out today!!) has two POVs, I’ve been thinking about how dual POV stories differ from single and other multiple POV stories. In 2011, I was working on a story that had four POVs and for some reason I thought a fifth POV was a good idea for two scenes. Ugh. Old… Continue Reading

Let’s Talk: How Long Does It Really Take To Write A Book

There is a misconception in the writing world that if a book is written in under a certain time frame, say, one year, that said book can’t possibly be any good. Obviously, as a relatively fast writer, I used to find this mindset offensive. But then I started thinking: am I really that fast of… Continue Reading