The Plotting Stage


Writer's life, Writing

Usually I am a combination of a plotter and a pantser, but lean more towards pantsing. That’s because I usually find that my characters know where to go. All I have to do is watch them and write it down. The plotting stage can be incredibly fun, because this is when you decide all the […]

February 10, 2019

Deadlines


Writer's life, Writing, Writing tips

I’m convinced deadlines are called DEADlines because they end up killing you. That said, they serve a purpose and without them, we’d probably procrastinate ourselves into some black hole of cat memes. While drifting aimlessly in oblivion does sound like a hoot, we won’t get to achieve our dreams by doing nothing. That doesn’t make […]

December 21, 2018

The Benefits of Hiring An Editor


Writer's life, Writing

As both a teacher and a writer, I know very well that at some point into your editing you can get a little word blind. Even after two other people went over your manuscript, things can still be overlooked. Most writers I know get beta-readers to help them out with feedback. Whether that feedback is […]

December 3, 2018

#NaNoWriMo


Writer's life, Writing

It’s November and that means different things to different people. For non-writers it means that it’s nearing Christmas. For writers it means mayhem, panic, dehydration, and the slow descent of madness. Many aspiring authors see this as the perfect opportunity to force a first draft from their bleeding fingers within one month. Every writer is […]

November 4, 2018

Plotting Your Plot


Writer's life, Writing, Writing tips

Whether or not you’re a Plotterhead or a Wing-it Person, at one point, some form of plotting is handy. Especially, if like me, you write mysteries. Most of the time I still surprise myself, but before I start it’s handy to know in which direction I want to go. Much like a road trip where […]

October 18, 2018