Does your work show up in your sleep? Last night I dreamed I was baking cookies and making pancakes, but it was a MESS! The cookies were the size of my hands, swelling up and overflowing the baking pans, dripping all over the oven, sticky and out of control. I threw them out. The pancakes … Continue reading Sloppy Dreams
Blog posts on plotting vs. pantsing are as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice this time of year. (No joy-shaming here, but dog treats?) You'll forgive me if I indulge my take on this tradition, but if you stick with it, I promise a cool picture at the end as a salve to your soul and a … Continue reading Pantser Thoughts on Plotting
A special treat just in time for Halloween! Ksenia Anske, dark fantasy writer and sometime axe-wielder, is here to share her secret potion and spells for creativity. I may have had to donate some blood and use up a bit of salt, but it was worth it to get her answer to what makes creativity … Continue reading Ksenia Anske – Guest Post!
Today while (stalking) researching agents for queries, I read that a certain agency I was (stalking) researching only requests fulls on 1% of their submissions received. One percent. That's some daunting odds. It didn't stop me from querying them, and that's why I keep writing here and on Patreon. The number one piece of advice … Continue reading 1%
Middles are hard for me to write because I've placed all (or most) of the questions in front of the reader, and now I have to start answering them! Right? Raise your hand if writing middles makes you wobbly and break out in a rash. It makes me think of Candy Land. You know, the … Continue reading The Crescent Moon
Not everyone in the writing community has support or resources. You know this. Not a revelation. The #writestuff twitter chat this week stumbled upon another commonality. Many (not all, but more than I expected) of us are chronically ill, whether diagnosed or stuck in the something-is-wrong-but-what stage. How do you find time or motivation to … Continue reading Keep Calm and Write On