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So you finished NaNoWriMo

Congratulations! You’ve written a lot of words in a short amount of time that is a great first draft! I know, I know. You’ve heard first drafts are supposedly crap. They should never be seen by anyone, ever, and they’re just garbage. A stream of consciousness that you’re probably going to re-write at least five…… Continue reading So you finished NaNoWriMo


I support Indies

It’s 2016 and, as an author, I have a million different ways I can publish a book. It’s not just going through an agent and hoping your book sells to a big four anymore. And yes, that path is definitely admirable and still holds a lot of prestige, it’s not the only route. Full disclosure:…… Continue reading I support Indies

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Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

  Title: Leave Me Author: Gayle Forman Publisher: Algonquin Books Source: NetGalley eARC Stars: 4/5 Available now Recovery, and not feeling like I’m recovering fast enough, has been on my mind a lot lately. As a woman, and a wife, I feel like there are certain things that are expected of me that even though…… Continue reading Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman


Plotting Backwards

For one of my grad school classes, I’ve had to outline my new project in a variety of ways. First, I had to outline the main plot of my novel-length project in essay form. I discussed main characters, the overall plot, main conflict, and the theme(s) I’d be covering. Ordinarily, I’d be journaling about all…… Continue reading Plotting Backwards

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On Voice: Whose do you hear?

As a reader, you can tell when a voice feels real and authentic or not. You can tell from page one whether or not you’re going to connect with the main character — even if the character is unlikeable, or unreliable. You can connect with them because it feels like they’re talking to you, that…… Continue reading On Voice: Whose do you hear?

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Why do you need to read?

Writing advice is always subjective. It’ll depend on the person giving the advice and the experience they had. There are rules you¬†should follow, but if you’re¬†good enough you can get away with not following them. So people say write every day, some people say don’t push yourself. Some say you need to outline books before…… Continue reading Why do you need to read?

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#MondayBlogs: Patience in publishing and healing

Patience is something I’ve always had — or at least I’d like to think I’ve always had. Waiting has always been a part of my life. Waiting my turn, waiting for the bus, waiting to get home, waiting to hear back from colleges, waiting for grades… well, you get the picture. These are just micro…… Continue reading #MondayBlogs: Patience in publishing and healing