October 2018

6 Resources that Turned Me into a Better Writer

As I’ve been editing the final draft of my latest novel, Trinian – An Epic Fantasy, the editing process affects the way that I watch and read other stories.What I mean is, as I edit and pay attention to character development, all I notice when I watch a movie is the character development.And when I edit plot and pacing, that’s all I notice in the book I’m reading.My head is so jam-packed with characterization, mounting… Read More »6 Resources that Turned Me into a Better Writer

The Six Swans

Read one of the other fairy tales like The Six Swans The Twelve Brothers The Seven Ravens The Seven Ravens (alternate version) The Wild Swans Text Source Artist Credit P J Lynch Eleanor Abbott Rudolf Koivu Warwick Goble Andrew Ryan

The Children of Lir

Source for Text The Children of Lir Artwork Anne-Marie Tully Andrew Ryan Source for Artists Below Sheila MacGill-Callahan Ed Org John D. Batten Paula Tabor PJ Lynch Matt Doyle John Duncan Emily E Weichbrod Shauna Blumingale John Quigley Deirdre O’Reilly Alexandra Soranescu Keshi-Shiro

How to Increase Drama by Lengthening Sentences

A paragraph with sentences that vary in length is far more powerful than sentences of all the same length.For example,Short: I watched him leave. The pain of his loss squeezed my heart. It burned my skin. I wanted him back. But my pride rooted me to the floor. I was too weak. I lost him.Long: With longing, I watched him leave the room, and the pain of his loss squeezed my heart. It burned my… Read More »How to Increase Drama by Lengthening Sentences

The Seven Ravens

The Seven Ravens Source Text The Six Swans The Twelve Brothers The Seven Ravens The Children of Lir The Wild Swans Illustrators: Allison Reimold Oscar Herrfurth Adrian Ludwig Richter Mary Alayne Thomas Lisbeth Zwerger Jana Heidersdorf Teresa Jenellen Ryan LeMere Gustaf Tenggren Maria Pascual

The Seven Ravens

More stories like The The Seven Ravens The Six Swans The Twelve Brothers The Seven Ravens (alternate) The Children of Lir The Wild Swans The Seven Ravens Source Text Illustrators Allison Reimold Oscar Herrfurth Adrian Ludwig Richter Anne Anderson Mary Alayne Thomas Lisbeth Zwerger

3 Tips to Improve Sentence Structure

The best way to make your book interesting – after having a good, solid plot and characters – is to improve your sentence structure.Lately books are all the same. The sentences are short. They’re sweet. They all start with a subject.For example,I watched him leave. The pain of his loss squeezed my heart, burned my skin. I wanted him back. But my pride rooted me to the floor.When every sentence begins with the exact same… Read More »3 Tips to Improve Sentence Structure

The Seven Swans

So…there is NO fairy tale called The Seven Swans, although I’ve often referred to it by accident. Turns out, there are several different fairy tales that include the words ‘seven’ and ‘swans’, and are all much the same story: “The Seven Ravens,” “The Six Swans,” and “The Wild (or Eleven) Swans.” There’s also the story “The Children of Lir,” which has a plot similar to the others. And the more I dig, the more I find! The… Read More »The Seven Swans

The Wild Swans

The Six Swans The Twelve Brothers The Seven Ravens The Seven Ravens (alternate) The Children of Lir Contributing Artists:  Disclaimer – None of this art is mine. I reached out to as many people as I could to receive permission to feature their art here. If you see your art, and do not want it displayed, please let me know, I will be happy to take it down! Also, if I fail to credit anyone,… Read More »The Wild Swans

Introducing My New Novel: Trinian, An Epic Fantasy

I’m so excited to introduce you all to my NEXT BOOK… When I was thirteen years old, I read the Lord of the Rings and was disappointed by the lack of female characters in it. So, I decided to write my own epic fantasy that would be sprinkled with plenty of women characters who fall in love, go on adventures, and save the world. Typical thirteen-year-old girl stuff. I wanted to read the story, so I… Read More »Introducing My New Novel: Trinian, An Epic Fantasy