Update on Book Coaching and Reviews

For those interested, I have a new widget image, and I wanted to share an update regarding free book reviews. I am still accepting books for review; however, due to time constraints, prior commitments, and my paid work, I will have to be very selective as to which books I pick. I'm booked well into … Continue reading Update on Book Coaching and Reviews

Editorial Reviews: What They Are and Why You Might Want One

Over the weekend, I've been learning a lot about the editorial review process (no, not the most typical thing to do on warm summer days, I know), and I've discovered that when we say "someone reviewed a book," it can mean one of two things. They read it and wrote a reaction. This is what … Continue reading Editorial Reviews: What They Are and Why You Might Want One

George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

I found this lovely gem in my reader this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. The whole article (found at the bottom of A Pilgrim in Narnia's post) is worth reading, but here are a few favorite quotes: "To be able to live a moment in an imagined world, we must … Continue reading George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Personally, I like fitting endings even more than happy ones. Sure, it's nice to know that the characters you've read about succeed. When you've invested time and emotional energy, you enjoy it when they make it out of their troubles and gain the victory they've sought for so long, but I don't like false endings. … Continue reading How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Introducing New Book Coaching Options

Getting published can feel like taking a gamble and rolling dice. Sometimes, your number comes up; sometimes it doesn't. But there are ways to increase your chances. You can rework your story so it makes more sense, so the characters are more relatable, the plot more believable. You can get a better cover design or … Continue reading Introducing New Book Coaching Options

Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

As writers, we've been told over and over how it's much better to show a reader something rather than tell them, and recently, I wrote about how one can use dance to show a character's thoughts and how she changes. As a general rule, showing means giving the reader details: letting them see what the … Continue reading Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

I've been thinking about how we humans clean things up. Sometimes, we do it begrudgingly, sometimes compulsively. How we feel (and how close we are to a deadline) usually determines whether our efforts are frantic or methodical. When rushed or pressured, we can get rid of stuff we really should've kept, and I think this … Continue reading How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

You can't always tell who's going to pick up your story and read it. Sometimes, readers are unpredictable. Those who don't read your genre may stumble upon it and read it anyways, and what speaks to one person won't to another. But you can tell some things about your own story based on the fiction … Continue reading What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

The Power of Good Verbs

Writers are told to make their verbs work for them--which means picking verbs powerful enough to stand without modifiers and adverbs like "very," "slowly," "quickly," and the like. But sometimes this can lead to distracting the reader, where the verb used is so particular, so unique, and so unusual as to send them to the … Continue reading The Power of Good Verbs

How to Make an Old Plot New

Plots have been recycled ever since stories have been told, reusing themes like sacrificial death, the poor becoming rich, the ugly becoming beautiful, and other archetypes. Even great works like those of Shakespeare or Jane Austen can be traced to other influences, ideas, and concepts, but how do you make an old plot new? How … Continue reading How to Make an Old Plot New