Category Archives: Writing Process

Things to do BEFORE You Sit Down to Write the Next World-Changing Novel

I’ve been working on the classes I’ll be teaching at the Storymakers Conference this year, and thought it might be fun to give you a TINY peek into my¬†Mad Drafting Skillz class. (Even with titles, I cannot be serious). Also, this got a little long… So. A few things to think about doing BEFORE you […]
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Things to Ask Yourself – Characterization

CHARACTERIZATION!! This is probably the thing I spend the most time on when writing. I know why each of my characters made each decision. Why they use the words they do. The way they see the world, and WHY they see the world a certain way. (Then I hope I’ve transferred that to the page). […]
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LEARN. PROPEL.

I use these two words a LOT – especially when I’m revising. After working through agent notes on one MS, and my first beta reader notes on another, I find myself going back to the basics. When a writer shifts something near the beginning of their MS, especially when it has to do with the […]
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A Few Common Writerly-Person Mistakes (11 to be exact)

Writerly-Person? I know. You’re ready to walk away now. I was asked this question in a local writer’s group not long ago, and thought I’d turn it into a short blog post, because I much prefer short blog posts ūüôā I’m just going to jump RIGHT IN. With very new writers, I see way too […]
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Best Advice This Year

I don’t think it’s any big secret that I love my agent. She is a woman who has put a¬†ton of herself into the publishing industry. She knows the people, she’s been around long enough to know that fads come and go, but that a few things remain the same. Sometime in January¬†of this year […]
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I Write What I Write

I remember after reading 20 Boy Summer and Fixing Delilah that I thought to myself –¬†I wanna write a book like that. And then I went on a John Green binge, even though I threw¬†Looking for Alaska across the room when I reached THAT part. And I was like –¬†I wanna write a book like […]
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What’s UP Wednesday???

Ok. It’s been AGES since I did this!! So happy ūüėÄ SUPAH fun¬†meme started by¬†Jaime Morrow¬†and¬†Erin Funk. Drop by their place to see the full list of people participating and/or to jump in yourself¬†ūüėČ What I’m Reading: When my brain and heart hurt from YA angst, I read regency. This book was written by a […]
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Why I Should Not be a Romance Writer

There are a million reasons for this: The first being that I am far too practical for big romance. Do you know what I see WHEN I SEE CHISELED ABS? I see a high-maintanance guy that I can’t bring it in me to write about (okay, MUCH, lol). I see someone who will spend more […]
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She Never Saw Him Coming… and the realization that I write romance

I didn’t set out to write romance when I first started writing. I just didn’t. Some of my favorite books have been as much about family relationships and friend relationships and history as love stories, or more. Still. The first book I wrote was a love story. So was the second. And the third… So […]
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What You Love Most…

With writing comes expectations – mine, my agent’s, my editor’s, my readers’… With writing comes the idea that at some point, I’ll have to go over every single sentence and read it again and again to make it perfect. And then turn it into my editor and start that process again. There are days when […]
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