• Creative Writing 101,  Fun,  Indie Author Life,  Writing World

    Finding That (kind of) Perfect Title

    So, NO REST FOR THE WICKED is not a unique title. It was just, “I like it. It’s a great fit. I’m going with it. I’m done.” Some other titles I considered are “Legion” – the working title and “Taker of Lives” – which I really liked for about two minutes. I know. I’m a title genius. 😬 Sometimes coming up with the title is the hardest part of the writing process!! I have a story in the queue titled “Whisper.” My original working title was “The Shades of my Shadow.” That title was insulted. I didn’t think it was all that bad, and it was just placeholder title, but I did…

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    Historic Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, NC

    One of the bits of research I did for NO REST FOR THE WICKED was studying a map and pictures of the Historic Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve been to Asheville, but I haven’t been to Riverside, so it was great to find so much information on it. I’m definitely going to stop by the next time I’m there. It’s old, large, and peaceful, and the perfect place to find a mausoleum like the one Tatum went into to get to the underground. 🙂

  • Characters,  Fun,  Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress

    The Pool of Companion Novels

    It’s established that I’m not a series kind of writer. I’m also not a companion novel kind of writer. That said, I do have some linked ideas in the pot now that I would love to write, and if I get the first one off the ground, it’ll be that much easier, I think, to write and link the rest. So, that’s what I’m going to try and explain to myself today. Haha. The first story is called “Once There Was Chaos.” I’ve mentioned it before in a setting fairy post, I think. It’s part horror story, part fairy tale I made up in the car one day. I have a…

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    Being Like Super Productive & Whatever

    Usually when it’s crunch time, meaning I’m almost done with a story, I will fill every available hour of my day with writing. As a result, I burn myself out and take a few weeks off to recover. What this does, however, is make it super hard to sit down and start writing again. Like, super hard. And that 15 day break turns into two months. Meaning I’m far less productive than I could be. A kind of, what I would call “normal” productivity that I can pull off without stressing myself out. Not to long ago, a poetry writing friend of mine told me about a book she found…

  • Characters,  Fun,  Ideas,  Mechanics,  Writing World

    V is for Villain

    One of my greatest writing pleasures is meeting a new villain! They are some of my most favorite people in all of fiction – books, movies, tv shows. So much so that I used to have a problem with my antagonists overshadowing the main characters. If anyone has ever found themselves in a similar situation, we fix that pairing the villains with more interesting “heroes.” People who are just as fascinating, if not more. In my current project, who the “bad guy” is a little harder to decipher than usual. Dare I say, I don’t have a “bad guy” in the story at all! It’s a matter of interpretation, of course,…