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    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 finished outline. But nope, I’ve decided to write dangerously. Just me and my notes and my brain and my flow chart thingie that I haven’t bothered to look at. At the same time, I do know where the story is going, so I don’t really need an outline. But it’s very true that I wouldn’t…

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    How To Fix Your Story When It Sucks

    A good writing friend suggested over the weekend that I write a post about how to fix a story that sucks. She probably didn’t mean for me to actually write a post about it, but I do have some thoughts on the topic. 😉 It is a fact that I’m currently brainstorming a story that I tried to write a few years ago. Whether the story actually sucked or not doesn’t matter. You have to spend more time with the story than anyone. If you think it’s trash, there’s clearly something wrong. And I’ll be honest with you – it doesn’t matter what’s wrong. Because that isn’t the problem. The problem…

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    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 way to learn about pacing and characterization, especially if you watch movies with a full vest of spy gear on like I do. 😀 Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie and thought the pacing was slow or someone’s motives were unbelievable? Of course you have. To be honest, that’s how I learned…

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    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 me. HAHA. Anywho, two of the POVs took place in the past – everything was supposed to connect later in book two (again, ugh, old me!) – but I ended every one of those past POVs on a cliffhanger. Namely because I was breaking a complete story up into pieces. It would have been much…

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    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 a writer? Including everything from brainstorming to the final edit – how long exactly does it take me to write a book? Looking at my track record, I realized that maybe fast writing isn’t as fast as people think it is. I’m going to illustrate my example with the timelines from NO REST FOR THE…