A Quick Update…

I started my PhD in January, so I’ve been even more absent than usual. I apologize. I’m still working part-time for the university and full-time on my doctorate, which doesn’t leave much room for anything else. That said, I have excellent news: Arterial Bloom, edited by Mercedes Murdock Yardley, and Not All Monsters, edited byContinue reading “A Quick Update…”

How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel

I’m currently plotting/researching my fifth novel and my first in about four years, so it might as well be my debut. 😛 I happened to see this article in my email today and had to share! You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you canContinue reading “How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel”

6 Plot Alternatives To ‘The Quest’ In Fantasy Fiction • Writer’s Edit

While writers the world over struggle to craft truly original stories, theorists spend their time identifying ways in which they are actually all the same. Joseph Campbell famously reduced the number of stories to just one: The Hero’s Journey, as outlined in his influential 1949 work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In more recentContinue reading “6 Plot Alternatives To ‘The Quest’ In Fantasy Fiction • Writer’s Edit”

How to Overcome Fear as a Writer and Embrace Your Profound Courage – Helping Writers Become Authors

As fears arise–whether little niggles or life-threatening monsters–try these five ideas to help you use, live with, and overcome fear as a writer. Source: How to Overcome Fear as a Writer and Embrace Your Profound Courage – Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Make Your Plot a Powerful Thematic Metaphor – Helping Writers Become Authors

  To discover what thematic metaphor your plot is offering from amid its characters’ entertaining adventures, all you have to do is ask the right questions. Source: How to Make Your Plot a Powerful Thematic Metaphor – Helping Writers Become Authors

7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit

Recently, we delved into what makes a great opener for a novel, covering the key elements to include in your first chapter. But just as there are important elements you should aim to include, there are also elements you should strive to avoid. As we discussed previously, your first chapter has the power to make or break yourContinue reading “7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit”

10 Simple Tips For Writing Clever Plot Twists • Writer’s Edit

Writing plot twists is much harder than it looks. As readers, we’re used to devouring mind-blowing twists and turns, marvelling at the cleverness of the writers who devised them. But as writers behind the scenes, it’s difficult to dream up new and innovative ways of subverting readers’ expectations. If you want to write stories that surpriseContinue reading “10 Simple Tips For Writing Clever Plot Twists • Writer’s Edit”

6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals – Helping Writers Become Authors

Check out six qualities you’ll need if you’re going to write character goals intense enough to power a blah plot into a compellingly dimensional story. Source: 6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals – Helping Writers Become Authors

7 Tips For Writing Meaningful Death Scenes • Writer’s Edit

Let’s admit it, readers: we all love a good death scene. Whether we’re ugly-crying because we loved the character so much and OH, THE INJUSTICE, or punching the air and cheering because that villain got what they deserved… There’s nothing like a well-crafted death scene to elicit a strong reaction in a reader. But howContinue reading “7 Tips For Writing Meaningful Death Scenes • Writer’s Edit”

Featured Guest: Seelie Kay, Author of CULT (Feisty Lawyers Book 3)

Release Date: May 17, 2019 Publisher: Extasy Books Romantic Suspense, three flames An Interview with Seelie Kay: Q. Why do you write romance? Because I am fascinated by the games people play to find and secure a lasting relationship, which is not always love. There’s the chase, the courtship, the falling, the surrender. That’s whatContinue reading “Featured Guest: Seelie Kay, Author of CULT (Feisty Lawyers Book 3)”