Tag: writing

  • Editing Tips: Making the Most of Your Hard Copy Review

    Editing Tips: Making the Most of Your Hard Copy Review

    I get a bit too attached to my work, so I need to force a degree of separation between myself and what I’m writing. Reviewing a hard copy does this for me.

  • Four Things I’m Doing To Finish My Novel this November

    Four Things I’m Doing To Finish My Novel this November

    Right, so last week I announced that I was doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year as a way to help me finish my novel. I mean, technically I’m not “doing” NaNo because I’m not trying to get to 50K words in one month. My novel is already over 50K, and I’m just trying…

  • GeekGirlCon 2018: A Fangirl’s Debrief

    GeekGirlCon 2018: A Fangirl’s Debrief

    This past Saturday I attended GeekGirlCon and I had such a blast. It was a good balance of panels and chatting with creators in the expo hall. I found myself feeling energized and inspired to tackle my own ambitions as a creator, and so I wanted to share what I did there and my takeaways…

  • Formatting Tips for Your Manuscript: First Line Indents and Double Spacing

    So, last summer I received feedback on my manuscript, Footfall, from a published author. It was great feedback, very helpful. But one of the items of feedback that caught me off guard the most had nothing to do with the content of my story, but instead how it was formatted.

  • Life Goals, New Writer Services, and Footfall: It’s an Update Post!

    Life Goals, New Writer Services, and Footfall: It’s an Update Post!

    So, I’ve been posting a bit more regularly to my blog, and I realized it would probably be good to let you guys know what I’ve been up to. I mean, I’ve actually been up to stuff. Are you surprised? Wait, don’t answer that.

  • Hello, there! I’m Back.

    Hello, there! I’m Back.

    Hello, everyone. It’s been…. quite awhile. One year, four months, and nine days to be precise. Yikes. What have I been doing over the past year? Not a lot, honestly. OK, that’s not true at all. I’ve been busy, I just haven’t been writing. That kind of sucks, but it’s also been good in some…

  • Creative Theft: 3 Great Writers Who Stole Their Best Ideas

    It’s vital that all authors find their own voice and strive toward a creative approach to their story. However, it’s also a little ridiculous to believe that all works of fiction must be entirely new and original. For instance, I grew a little nervous when a friend compared the magic system in my book to alchemy…

  • My Favorite Poems

    I love poetry, in all its forms. And guess what? April is National Poetry month. So, in celebration of this great art form, here are my favorite poems. My normal gig for listing my favorite things often includes my reasoning for each. However, I think I’ll withhold my analysis this week and just provide a…

  • Two Approaches to Worldbuilding

    Worldbuilding is one of my favorite aspects of storytelling. Whether the story is fantasy, science fiction, or some dystopian future, a great world design can make or break a story’s credibility and inspire countless future stories. In celebration of this marvelous act of creation, I’m going to share two basic approaches to start building your…

  • My Characters and a Q&A with the Artist Who Drew Them

      I’m so excited today. Why? Because I finally have a visual representation of my work-in-progress’s main characters, Oscar and Mary Drake. This picture is so beautiful. I love the lighting, particularly how it streams through the trees. I love how you can get a little glimpse of Oscar and Mary’s personalities just by seeing…