Hey, everyone! Last week, I made a video talking about gender in science fiction and fantasy, and how as authors, we can be more diverse with our characters by representing members of the LGBTQ community. The week before that, I made a video talking about the need for racially diverse characters in fantasy and science […]
15 Tips for Awesomely Effective Self-Editing
Note: NONE of this will ever replace the expertise of an experienced, professional proofreader or editor. You should never forego professional editing services if you want to stand out and be taken seriously as an author. However, these tips can help you get your manuscript in tip-top shape before you send it off to red-pen purgatory–so […]
VIDEO: Diversity in Books: Gender Edition
Hey, everyone! Last week, I made a video talking about the need for racially diverse characters in fantasy and science fiction novels. It is a part of the “#WeNeedDiverseBooks” theme that I’m doing over the next few weeks. If you haven’t heard of this social media movement, go on twitter and do a search for […]
7 Ways NOT to Start Your Story
Disclaimer: I know there are always exceptions to these rules. You don’t have to let me know that it’s been done successfully before–I know it has. But I also know that the majority of us can’t pull this off; that people are tired of these cliches, and even if you do something brilliant with your […]
VIDEO: Why I Like Short Stories and Flash Fiction–And a Few Writing Tips!
Hey, everyone! It’s been a little bit since I have shared a vlog with you, but here I am. In honor of our blog tour we’re putting together over at The Short Story and Flash Fiction Society, I wanted to put together a video talking about why I enjoy short stories and flash fiction. We’re […]
14 Common Misconceptions About Writing
You’ve just told someone you’re a writer. Now they’re starting to ask questions.
These are 14 of the observations about writing I hate the most–and they’re actually common misconceptions.