Making Peace with the Writer’s Ego – Part 1 – Defining Ego

As writers, we often hear about keeping our egos in check. Or, worse, we see examples of egos gone wrong, when writers act out of control. We see it in the media or on twitter when a writer, perhaps famous, often successful, steps out of line and acts like a jerk. Or we've heard horror … Continue reading Making Peace with the Writer’s Ego – Part 1 – Defining Ego

Strengthen Your Fiction Writing with a Find and Rework List

Several years ago, when I was working on The Watcher, I enrolled in Betsy Warland's Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Solo program, where I had not one but two wonderful mentors working with me on my first book. One of them, A.M. Dellamonica, pointed out words I used far too often and advised me to find and rework instances of … Continue reading Strengthen Your Fiction Writing with a Find and Rework List

Fiction Friday: Tips from an Editor – Active and Passive Voice in Character Viewpoint #writetips

In today’s Fiction Friday, I’m sharing some advice I got from my editor Rie Langdon, when she was working with me on my book, The Angel Killer. As a writer, I'm always looking for new ways to get deeper into the character's point of view (sometimes called "Deep Voice"). Rie gave me some great tips … Continue reading Fiction Friday: Tips from an Editor – Active and Passive Voice in Character Viewpoint #writetips

Six Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Writer

Ever since I printed my first letter "A" while watching Sesame Street as a toddler, I wanted to be a writer. I spent a good deal of my childhood and teens expressing my innermost thoughts and feelings through stories and poems. Once I reached a certain age, however, my yearning to write became more of … Continue reading Six Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Writer

Fiction Friday: 8 Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes

Recently, I attended a session called "Writing About Fighting" at VCON, a science fict ion and fantasy conference. The panel consisted of writers and experts who were disciplined in multiple martial arts, including authors Lorna Suzuki and T.G. Shepherd, and Devon Boorman, the swordmaster of Academie Duello in Vancouver. For me, this talk was so fascinating, it … Continue reading Fiction Friday: 8 Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes

The Trouble with Gerunds

The title of this piece may conjure up the image of gerunds lurking in corners, wearing leather jackets and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes.  Sorry, gerunds! There's nothing really wrong with you. You’re not the bad boys of writing.  It's just that we, as writers, need to understand you better. I used to misunderstand you myself.   … Continue reading The Trouble with Gerunds

Talking About #Thrillers: My Three Favorite Thriller Novels – Guest Post by Kelly Charron

Do you like thrillers? Stories so intense they keep you up at night or only let you sleep with the lights on? If so, thriller author Kelly Charron is sharing some of her top picks with you. My Three Favorite Thriller Novels By Kelly Charron Picking three top thriller novels of all time is beyond … Continue reading Talking About #Thrillers: My Three Favorite Thriller Novels – Guest Post by Kelly Charron

Rone Awards Finalist: The Warrior Prophet

I'm super excited to announce that The Warrior Prophet, book three in The Watcher Saga is a finalist for a RONE award in the Young Adult category. The RONE awards will be announced soon, after the InD'Scribe Convention.  Whether or not it wins, I'm super exicted and grateful to have this third book in a … Continue reading Rone Awards Finalist: The Warrior Prophet

Don’t Write Anything – Your Ideas Suck. Sincerely, The Internet #amwriting

I have a confession to make. I spend a lot of time on the Internet. I tell myself it's for research purposes or to learn more about writing. Pinterest is filled with advice from budding authors and bloggers on how to be a "better"writer, or how to improve an aspect of your story, so you can reach … Continue reading Don’t Write Anything – Your Ideas Suck. Sincerely, The Internet #amwriting