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Gifts for Writers: Mugs!

| December 11, 2017

Many writers are fueled by caffeine. I’m not one of them, but I still appreciate a good coffee mug for my tea. Or milk (with cookies). Or, sometimes, a mixed drink. If you’ve got a fueled-by-caffeine-or-other-beverages writer in your life, a mug can be a great gift. Especially one as cute as this one from […]

Gifts for Writers: Helpful Books

| December 4, 2017

There are many books about writing available, and every writer has some that they like better than others. If you’re looking for some books to buy an aspiring writer who may not have already picked out some favorites, check these out! Jumpstart Your Novel by Mark Teppo. This is my go-to book for outlining novels, […]

Why I Didn’t Do NaNoWriMo This Year (or last year)

| November 27, 2017

I did my first National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) in November 2009. I won that year, in that I wrote 50,000 words. But have those words ever seen the light of day again? Nope. After that year, I attempted NaNoWriMo six more times. I only won one additional time, though The Trouble with the […]

Writing Scenes to Cut Them

| November 20, 2017

Recently, I started working on a new story, and wrote what I originally thought would be the first scene of that story. As I worked on it, though, I realized that while something momentous was happening, it wasn’t the momentous thing that the story was going to need. But I kept writing it anyway, because […]

The Value of a Writer’s Group

| November 13, 2017

Even before I started writing fiction, my then-boyfriend (now-husband) introduced me to his writer’s group. Affectionately nicknamed the “Type and Gripe,” they were local like-minded speculative fiction authors who got together every other week to sit down and put words on virtual paper. (sometimes actual dead tree paper. We don’t judge.) It wasn’t exactly a […]

Winston Churchill on Failure

| November 6, 2017

Having gotten a couple of rejections that stung pretty hard last week, this seems like a good bit of advice to open up this week with. Winston Churchill said: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” This is extremely true for authors. Not everything you write […]

Maintaining a Blog Presence

| October 30, 2017

For many writers, maintaining a blog presence is a scary prospect. But if you’re a writer, you’ve likely got plenty to say, and a blog can be a great way to attract potential new readers. The tricks are providing interesting content and maintaining a schedule. You might have noticed that I’ve got a bit of […]

The Dreaded Fight Scenes

| October 23, 2017

AKA Why can’t we all just get along? I admit it. I hate writing fight scenes. Dread them, even. I don’t like reading them, either. My mind sort of glazes over, waiting to get back to the “good stuff,” also known as the part where they aren’t fighting any more. But I write action and […]

Guest Post: Author G.A. Minton on Writing Horror

| October 16, 2017

Today, we’re hosting a guest post from author G.A. Minton, whose newest book,¬†Antitheus, is out today! ~ Writing Horror By G.A. Minton Horror¬†is defined as a feeling of great shock, fear, and worry caused by something extremely unpleasant; an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. Edgar Allan Poe is not only recognized as the […]

Dealing with Rejection

| October 9, 2017

I sent out my first short story to a market in 2011. In the six years that have followed, I’ve sent out stories about 650 times (and counting). And at the moment, I’ve gotten just over 30 acceptances. That makes my acceptance rate right about half of a percent. Which means that 99.5 percent of […]