Weekend Writing: The too convenient setting

I’m an angry writer. I don’t so much get Inspired to write something, as I do get angry and frustrated with tropes and constant mistakes. I wouldn’t call this topic a trope perse, but it is a mistake; one that I’ve encountered since I was a wee child reading my first urban fantasy novels. It … Continue reading Weekend Writing: The too convenient setting

Weekend Writing: 7 steps to writing mental illness

If there's one thing that's ticked me off over the years, its watching novels continually fail to portray mental illness accurately, realistically, and for the sake of character not plot. So, without further ado, here are your seven steps to getting mental illness right in your next story. How did they get here? You better … Continue reading Weekend Writing: 7 steps to writing mental illness

5 Things I Learned From Winning NanoWrimo

I’ve been writing since I was 9. I finished my first novel at 14. I queried my second novel at 18. I have never, ever won at Nano. I have tried, for three years running, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally cracked it. And here’s the weird thing: I don’t feel like … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned From Winning NanoWrimo

You Just Gotta Full On Frank Sinatra That Shit – Writing your own damn way

I have some terrible news for you, friends. Sit down. Get a cup of tea. This one may hurt. Now, there's about fifty million billion books and blog posts all across the land about How To Finish The Damn Book. And a lot of them will tell you the same shit: you need to write … Continue reading You Just Gotta Full On Frank Sinatra That Shit – Writing your own damn way