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Beautiful People – March 2017

In my series (known as Bill) centered around a group of gifted individuals, I needed to spend a little time on my protagonist: Elizabeth. Though I have to say, it was tough. I wanted to do this on my anti-hero as... Continue Reading →

Editing – a bloodbath

I recently began taking the editing scissors to my recently finished novel The Queen's Assassin. I knew that just sitting down and slashing lines wasn't going to cut it. Yes, I'm wordy. Yes, I use WAAAAAY too many ellipses. Yes, the... Continue Reading →

Desire – Colorful Clips of The Queen’s Assassin

When I saw WordPress's word-of-the-day prompt today, I couldn't help but think of my novel, The Queen's Assassin. I wanted to write a romance which was largely devoid of the usual YA romantic cliches, one which stressed friendship over hormones... Continue Reading →

Colorful Clips – The Queen’s Assassin

I’m not always proud of my writing - especially while I'm editing the monstrosity known to friends and family as The Queen's Assassin. Some sentences merely exist to get the reader from point A to point B as quickly and... Continue Reading →

Character Vocabulary: Making a Character Sound Real

Look at your favorite book or your WIP, find a scene, and take out all the dialogue tags (Joe said, she shouted, the undertaker grumbled, etc.) All of them. Can you tell who is speaking by the words they’re using?... Continue Reading →

The Memories of Godric Dorial

So, Bill and I are getting ready for the holidays. For those of you who don't know, forgot, or had better things to be doing with your time: Bill is the temporary name I gave to the work-in-progress novel for... Continue Reading →

NaNo – music

Everyone writes differently. Some on laptops, some on typewriters, and a few freaks even write longhand (I love you, I do - it's envy talking, here). Some write in costume, some write upside down, and some write only when fueled by... Continue Reading →

NaNo – unspeakable

We novelists love our wise sayings and rising speeches. "Come on and do the NaNoWriMo!" we cry to our fellow writers. "It is a journey! It will be an adventure!" And I can promise you all the glory of such words, too.... Continue Reading →

NaNo – The unexpected

What I love about NaNoWriMo is the unexpected gifts born of desperation. That's really the point of the month, isn't it? Desperate to finish the word count of the day, we start making stuff up, and occasionally find gems within... Continue Reading →

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