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How to Create the Perfect Writing Process for You

Remember the good ol’ days when your idea of a “writing process” was as simple as 1, 2, 3? 1. Sit down. 2. Put your hands to the keyboard. 3. Write. For most writers, that quaint little take on the writing process died on the day they stalled out on #2, with hands poised receptively […]

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Who Won the Wayfarer-Launch Shopping Spree?

Thank you all so much for making the launch week of my new superhero-historical/gaslamp-fantasy novel Wayfarer a success. As always, your enthusiasm is what makes this all work! Thanks to you, the book jumped to #5 in Steampunk books on the American Amazon site. It’s also been great hearing from so many of you who have either finished […]

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Announcing My Latest Novel: Wayfarer! (And Prizes!)

Today, I am officially launching my fifth novel Wayfarer. Hooray! If you’ve been following along on my journey with this book for the last several years, then you’ll recognize it as the one I keep referring to as my “historical superhero” novel. Set in 1820 London, it’s something I also like to cheekily think of as […]

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Top 10 Writing Posts of 2018

We’ve made it to the end of another year! I hope you’re able to look back at who you were at the beginning of 2018 and see many changes (for the better, of course!) in who you are now. Honestly, I barely recognize the person I was back in January 2018. It’s been a huge year […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope  you’re finding time in this bustling season to pause, look around at your life, count your blessings, and express gratitude for them. For me, Christmas has always been even more about thanksgivings than Thanksgiving. This year, I find myself increasingly thankful to get to take part in a creative […]

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My Top Books of 2018

As we close out another year of reading, I find myself with a renewed appreciation and vigor for the importance and the blessing of reading. Having devoured books at the hungry pace of 100+ a year for at least fifteen years (I didn’t start keeping track until 2002), I’ve been feeling increasingly uncomfortable and even […]

The 10-Step Checklist to Writing an Above-Average Novel

“Anybody can write a novel.” Writers sometimes hear that statement from dismissive non–writer family and friends. Rightfully, we dislike the insinuation, since we know full well how much education, talent, skill, effort, and dedication is required for “anybody” to write a novel. Still, there is a certain measure of truth in the idea that “anybody can […]

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The 10 Rules of Writing Large Casts of Characters

Large casts of characters are the thing these days. Rowling, Martin, and Marvel—just to name a few newsworthy examples—victoriously (and sometimes not-so-victoriously) throw casts of hundreds at screen and paper. Understandably, writers rush to emulate—both because, on a head level, this seems like the obvious path to success, and because, on a heart level, we […]

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20 Unique Gifts for Writers This Christmas

Christmas gifts that offer a mix of whimsy, fun, and practicality are the best. Whimsy, fun, and practicality are also three things writers seek on as daily basis. Guess that means we’re the perfect gift recipients! This year’s round-up of unique gifts for writers will help you find the right gift for your writing buddies, […]

Black Friday Special: 25% off the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software

This Black Friday weekend, you can use the code OUTLINE to grab my Outlining Your Novel Workbook software at a special holiday discount of 25% its normal price of $40. Start Outlining Your Best Book Today As a reader of my blog, you can access a special 25% discount code for my Outlining Your Novel Workbook software. Just […]