Best Practices for Building a Strong Writing Group

This summer will be my second anniversary of working with my current writing group. These three authors have been by my side through thick and thin. They've helped me edit my second book and get it ready for publication, and they continue to work with me on my third. I've come to learn so much from them and value … Continue reading Best Practices for Building a Strong Writing Group

Fiction Friday: YA Authors Speak Out About Clichés

One of the toughest things for any writer to do is to keep her or his work fresh. Though it is true for all writers, it seems especially true in the YA market, due to the fact that over the past few years, YA has absolutely taken off. I recently saw Neil Gaiman speak in … Continue reading Fiction Friday: YA Authors Speak Out About Clichés

Fiction Friday: 7 Vampires that Suck the Life’s Blood from your Writing

We've all read books that have lost our attention at some point. As a writer, I've often wondered why that is--what makes me lose interest.  Thanks to my mentor, A.M. Dellamonica, I've discovered that certain writing techniques leech the life from prose. I like to think of them as vamps or baby vamps that kill … Continue reading Fiction Friday: 7 Vampires that Suck the Life’s Blood from your Writing

Awesome Links for Editing and Polishing

I’ve been finding these amazing writing links lately. Rather than applying to first drafts, these relate more to the editing phases of writing a novel, and I've found them so helpful as I edit my first novel. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite writing resources: The Emotion Thesaurus – a handy … Continue reading Awesome Links for Editing and Polishing