Freaking out about Publishing

I had a total freak out moment yesterday! I all of a sudden got very terrified - not just about publishing my book, which is scary enough on its own - but about being a writer at all. I've heard about writers feeling like frauds, and for the first time, I really felt that! My … Continue reading Freaking out about Publishing

NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don’t See it as a Failure

NANOWRIMO Fail Hey everyone, it's been almost a week since you've heard from me, and I wanted to be honest about why that is, and why I haven't been keeping up with my NaNoWriMo Challenge. As you may know, I chose not to pursue writing a novel this year - although I've done it the … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don’t See it as a Failure

The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

Now that I have enough of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy put together to send into the world for review, I'm getting germinal feedback. I love it! But it's also terrifying. My sisters, who are geniuses with artwork, have already taken a stab at illustrating a couple characters, and my best friend Sophia has started marking … Continue reading The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

The Fear of Taking the Next Step

I've been particularly struck lately by the power of creativity. The impact you could have on a person's life by simply being brave and open to self-expression. I used to doubt that word: self-expression. It seemed fabricated, as if people were trying to force something out of themselves that wasn't there to begin with. Or … Continue reading The Fear of Taking the Next Step

The Art of an Artist – To Ever Improve!

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 … Continue reading The Art of an Artist – To Ever Improve!

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 … Continue reading How to Increase Drama by Lengthening Sentences

8 Questions to Ask of the Best Authors

You know, I get a little too caught up sometimes in dissecting books and trying to figure them out from the inside out, piece by piece. But it’s also important to look at them as a whole. Because even if all the pieces are perfect, that doesn’t mean the whole has turned out great. It’s … Continue reading 8 Questions to Ask of the Best Authors