August 1, 2019

Dear Readers, 

After a week off for good behavior (I typically don't blog in 5th weeks of the month), I'm back with a cool outlining hack for writers. 

If you're anything like me, your outline is probably about one-third as long as your actual book. No, but really. *sta...

April 17, 2019

I know what it's like. You start out with a great idea, you've got all this momentum, you get halfway through your book, and wham! The words just stop flowing. No matter what you do, you can't recapture the shiny newness of that initial creative burst. 

I’ve written six...

December 21, 2017

Every year at this time, I do a year in review where I take a hard look at my writing process and look for ways to improve. This year, I'm sharing those insights with you, my pretties! 

I've hit on five basic elements that can vastly improve your writing, whether you're...

August 23, 2017

As a senior editor for a romance e-publisher, oftentimes, my job is to disappoint hopeful authors, to tell them that their work is not up to par.

I often joke that my job is to tell people their book baby is ugly.

As an author, I know how criticism and rejection can stin...

April 26, 2017

Fight scenes! Many writers dread writing them, and who can blame them? Writing a good fight scene is an art in itself. 

Here are some of my best pieces of advice. Caveat: this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Also, for every single thing I've said h...

March 15, 2017

I’ve been an editor for eight years now, and I've noticed that one of the hallmarks of a newer, inexperienced writer is “fancy” dialogue tags.

For some reason, many newer writers feel the need to spice up their tags. Maybe it’s that their creative writing instructors to...

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