• Facts of Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Buddies,  Writing Journey

    The Benefits of Creative Partners in Crime

    Without fail, every time I talk about a project with someone, I am ALWAYS helped by it. Last weekend, I was exchanging some emails with a long time highly creative friend of mine (who of course lives on the other side of the country), and as I was typing out a response, I realized that there was a MAJOR (like embarrassingly huge) plot hole in “Phantom Silence.” One of those holes that’s like so big, I can’t believe I didn’t trip over it and break something. THIS is why writing buddies (or even just anyone you can talk back and forth with about your projects) are so important. I had…

  • Editing,  Mechanics

    Limbo, Limbo, Limbo

    I’ll be honest. I love editing! And you know why? Because I’m done with the story, that’s why! ^_^ For me, drafting the story is like an apartment on moving day. Everything is all a mess. There’s crap all over the floor. The walls are bare. So I love unpacking and putting up all my stuff, because it makes the place feel like home, you know. I hate messes and boxes, so it’s my mission to get them broken down and out of my new place as soon as possible. Which is why I edit as I go. Sure it slows me down some, but at the end of the day,…

  • Facts of Life,  Ideas,  Inspiration,  Writer's Block

    Diamond in the Rough

    Aladdin shout out. ^_^ Once upon a time, I remember I was going to talk about the benefit of having multiple story ideas. Back in the day, I had a constant supply of workable ideas thanks to my handy dandy writer’s crockpot, something I abandoned a few years ago when I was chin deep in a four book vampire series. After that needed to be shelved, I found myself completely without anything to work on. Not a fun feeling. Whenever I get a new idea, I run it through a kind of obstacle course. If the concept is particularly woo-inducing, I give it permission to throw a one sentence pitch at…