4 Ideas for Literary Christmas Gifts

It's the holiday season, and while some of you might be done with your Christmas shopping already, chances are, most of us still have a few items to get people. So here are four literary gift ideas I've come across over the years—great gifts for you to ask for or to get for the other … Continue reading 4 Ideas for Literary Christmas Gifts

Why We Should Celebrate Our Writing Goals

This week, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is asking how we celebrate a writing goal or completing a book. Click here to join the fun! As I was thinking this over, I realized I don't usually celebrate finishing a project. So often, it's "done-and-on-to-the-next." I think this is partly because of my schedule--book coaching projects … Continue reading Why We Should Celebrate Our Writing Goals

Why I Write Fantasy (with just a pinch of Sci-Fi)

This week, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is asking what we love about the genre we most frequent, as writers. Click here to join the fun! I've talked about my journey into writing fantasy before, but it bears repeating (especially when it's the topic of the month). I came to fantasy very late. I never … Continue reading Why I Write Fantasy (with just a pinch of Sci-Fi)

Are You an Insecure Writer? Or Just in Denial?

  Many of my blogging friends have belonged to a group called the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a blog-hop hosted by Alex Cavanaugh that gives writers a chance to interact with each other, encourage each other, and discuss a question related to writing once a month. I've enjoyed their posts over the years, though I've … Continue reading Are You an Insecure Writer? Or Just in Denial?

Why Writers Need Critical Readers

All writers need readers--otherwise, there would be no point in getting things published--but writers who strive to write well need more. Just any reader won't do. We need readers who get invested in our characters, who are willing to point out faults, who take the time to notice when we spell things wrong or use … Continue reading Why Writers Need Critical Readers

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

Book Review – The Marriage of Gryphons

  Title: Penny White and the Marriage of Gryphons Genre: Fantasy Book Blurb per Goodreads: A blast of wind flicked hair from my face. Long toes wrapped around my waist, claws prickling through fur and clothing as I was snatched from the ground. The dragon lifted me high into the grey skies above Llundain. Of the … Continue reading Book Review – The Marriage of Gryphons

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

How to Successfully Write a Blurb

Writing blurbs can be considered the ultimate challenge. You've finished a full-length story--now write a brief statement that encapsulates your tale in a few paragraphs, using language that will entice, interest, and intrigue a would-be reader. Oh, and keep it consistent with the story inside so that the two match. Simple, right?   Unless you're … Continue reading How to Successfully Write a Blurb

3 Questions to Ask Every Scene

Scenes can be delightful, sad, poignant, tense, or scary. They can become a reader's favorite part or most dreaded section, but one thing a scene should never do is just sit there, occupying space. So here are three questions you need to ask every scene. Plotters might ask themselves these questions beforehand, while we pantsters … Continue reading 3 Questions to Ask Every Scene