• Ideas,  Lists,  Tips,  Writing World

    On Blogger Burnout

    This is something I’ve seen a lot since I started blogging. A writer makes a commitment to blog every single day or only about a certain topic. Then a month later, they’ve fallen off the face of blogosphere. Where did they go? Will we ever see them again? There are a lot reasons for this. Let’s look at few. Blogging takes time. Tis true. And in a typical day, we have stuff to do: writing, reading, cooking, day jobbing, dancing, playing with the guinea pig, sleeping, school. You know, stuff. And blogging can potentially eat away at these other, more important, activities. Sometimes people run out of things to talk…

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    Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

    Anyone who’s ever been in the query trenches knows that there’s a lot of waiting when it comes to the publishing world. Waiting on query replies. Waiting to hear back on manuscript requests. Waiting to go on submission. Waiting to hear news from going on submission. Waiting. It can be super tempting to check your email 57 times a day. It can even get to the point where you’ll take anything, even the rudest rejection imaginable, if it means that there’s an email in your query inbox. (And if you haven’t set up a separate querying email, I suggest you do that now. Trust me. This way when you check…

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    Writing Moments That Drive Me Crazy

    1 – Being in the middle of an exciting scene and having to go to the bathroom. 2 – Being in the middle of an exciting scene, reaching for my glass of water, and finding it empty! (Can I get a water fountain hooked up to my desk, please?) 3 – When someone’s name is Carmen and I keep typing Carment every. single. freaking. time. 4 – When I keep misspelling the same words over and over again. 5 – When I forget what happened in the previous chapter. 6- When I’m on a roll and look up and it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and I still need to…

  • Books,  Lists

    Best of the Best

    I’ve already talked about The Book that inspired my love of all things dark and twisty.┬áHere are some other books that I would be nowhere without. The books that influenced me as a writer more than anything else. FEAR STREET This was my gateway book to the master of cheesy horror, the one and only RL Stine. This lead me to Goosebumps (which I shared with my brother and we had a blast talking about how scary and equally corny they were). His books totally fed my love to scare my own socks off. And while I’m here, I would like to give an honorable mention to Christopher Pike…I never…

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    On Letting Go

    I’ve talked a few times about how much it sucks when you have to give up on a project and why. Sometimes you let a project go because you start to hate it, it’s causing you nothing but grief, or it just sucks. But sometimes, you have to let a project go that you love. A project that’s worth the headaches. A project that probably doesn’t suck to no end. Sometimes you finish these. Sometimes you don’t. Here is a list to help you know when to let go of something you love, and a few tips on how to get through it. The Whens The timing is all wrong.…