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7 Things Your Character Is Hiding

Being able to write realistic, consistent, multi-dimensional characters is vital to gaining reader interest. Doing so first requires we know a lot about who our characters are—you know, the obvious stuff: positive and negative traits, behavioral habits, desires, goals, and the like. But it’s not always the obvious parts of characterization that create the most […]

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Critique: How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience

Paragraph breaks are something akin to a writer’s turn signals. They silently—sometimes almost subliminally—tell readers what’s about to happen and how they should react. As you may remember (or not) from school, a paragraph break in technical writing is meant to indicate a new thought. (I have clear memories of being required to find and […]

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10 Advantages of Writing a Single-POV Story (What I Learned Writing Wayfarer)

Multiple-POV story versus single-POV story? Which is the right choice for you? The answer depends on many factors, since every story is different. Knowing which approach to POV to choose isn’t difficult once you know how to choose. My just-released historical-superhero/gaslamp-fantasy novel Wayfarer was the first ever single-POV story I’ve written. For years now, I’ve consistently been minimizing the […]

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My 9 Writing Goals for the New Year

Last year, I wrote about how I don’t really like writing goals. Mostly, this is because they focus on the results and too often bypasses the importance of the journey. But this January, perhaps more than any other January, I find myself brimming with intentional and actionable ideas about where I want this year to […]

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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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4 Things You Should Know Before You Quit Writing Your Novel

You began with high hopes. You envisioned a bestseller, imagined touring the country and meeting thousands of fans, even your own fawning relatives. But now you’re stuck and wondering whether you should’ve even tried in the first place. Maybe you ran out of story and have no idea how to salvage the mess you’ve created. […]

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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 […]