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: Six Weeks to #NaNoWriMo – Here’s 5 Things You Can do Now to Prepare #writetips

It's the middle of September, and NaNoWriMo begins in exactly six weeks. It may be your first time doing it, or you could be a repeat NaNoWrimer determined to finish this time, or you could have several under your belt and are just looking for some new tips. I've completed a few NaNoWriMos, (and JuNoWriMos), and … Continue reading Fiction Friday: Six Weeks to #NaNoWriMo – Here’s 5 Things You Can do Now to Prepare #writetips

Fiction Fridays: Writing About Grief – Guest Post from Denise Jaden #writingtips

Welcome to Fiction Friday! I am thrilled to have Denise Jaden on my blog today. Denise is author of the young adult novels Losing Faith and Never Enough, as well as Writing With a Heavy Heart: Using Grief and Loss to Stretch Your Fiction. Take it away Denise! Writing Grief in Fiction I have recently released a book on … Continue reading Fiction Fridays: Writing About Grief – Guest Post from Denise Jaden #writingtips

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

Fiction Fridays – The Seven Laws of Successful Villains

"I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person - they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated." - Russell Crowe. Today's Fiction Friday post is an homage to a wonderful discussion I had on villains in #yalitchat on Twitter. (For those of you who don't know, YALitChat … Continue reading Fiction Fridays – The Seven Laws of Successful Villains