How to Pick a Character’s Name

This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names" For me, it's definitely coming up with a book title. Because … Continue reading How to Pick a Character’s Name

Character Actions: Should There Be a Reason Why?

Characters do all kinds of things in fiction. Their actions make up the stories we write, and if they did nothing...it'd be pretty boring. But how much motivation should there be in what they do? Do you, as the author, need to always know why they're doing it, or can they just "do something for … Continue reading Character Actions: Should There Be a Reason Why?

Book Review: Road of a Warrior

Title: Road of a Warrior Author: R. K. Lander Genre: Fantasy Book Blurb from Goodreads: A light in the forest, a king returned, a past to claim … Fel’annár is an immortal half-blood warrior from the Deep Forest, an orphan whose questions were never answered. With a dream of becoming a Silvan captain in an army … Continue reading Book Review: Road of a Warrior

Why I Can Review a Book I Coached (or Edited)

Every so often, I will review a book I coached or edited (particularly if the author asks it of me). This may sound tremendously biased—who can evaluate a book they were involved with—but hear me out. First, I don't publish my reviews on Amazon. Their policy would see me as biased, to where I would … Continue reading Why I Can Review a Book I Coached (or Edited)

What Helps You Keep Writing?

This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "When your writing life is a bit cloudy or full of rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?" Personally, … Continue reading What Helps You Keep Writing?

What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me

Lately, I've been trying an experiment I've heard about for years with authors and never really took serious: writing every day. Here are some quotes from writers on the subject: “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages … Continue reading What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me

The Differences between Copyediting and Book Coaching

Recently, I've been refining my editing process, discovering just what my word processing software can do (and that, yes, it can convert and make things Microsoft Word can still use, despite being made on a Mac). Gone are the days when "editing" meant printing out documents and marking them up with all sorts of little … Continue reading The Differences between Copyediting and Book Coaching

What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?

Today, I want to talk about reader experience. Not something that gets discussed much among writers, as I generally see it crop up in literary criticism under "reader response," but thinking about how a reader is going to likely navigate your story makes a world of difference to you, as an author. I know, you … Continue reading What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?

The Best Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

I frequently get questions from fellow readers for fantasy book recommendations. I have well-known favorites (The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit) but then my list goes off to books that are less known, so I wanted to share the best with all of you. These have been picked based on the … Continue reading The Best Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

Four Secrets to Writing a Blurb for a Sequel

We discussed how to write a blurb in general here, and today I want to talk about a specific blurb challenge: writing one for a sequel. When you write a series, you're always juggling the backstory. How much information about the books that come before have to be included? Will they stand alone or make no … Continue reading Four Secrets to Writing a Blurb for a Sequel