March 9th, 2018

Are You Sick and Tired of Editing Your Book?

I’m currently working on yet another edit of my young adult book that managed to eke out an RWA Golden Heart final in 2015. You’d think this baby would be in pretty good shape.

When I entered my novel into that contest, it was hardly a first draft. More like Draft #72.

I think […]

February 9th, 2018

3 Writing “Rules” I Break

Author W. Somerset Maugham famously said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Maybe there aren’t any rules per se, but there are suggestions given often enough that they almost seem like rules for writers. Yet three of those “rules” I regularly break.

“Just vomit the […]

February 5th, 2018

Some Hearts and Flowers Love – Pimp & Promote!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and at Writers in the Storm, we’re marking the occasion with a little “Pimp and Promote.” Of course, this always costs us some money, because we have to go out and buy lots of books. But let’s go for it!

How does this work?

To quote the genie in […]

January 12th, 2018

Slow: Meandering Reader Ahead

Last week, Fae Rowen discussed her reading habits in Beware: Voracious Reading Ahead. Like her, I remember reading way more than my friends and classmates when I was young, devouring every book that came my way.

I started with the marvelous for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Nancy Drew. Then a very strange novel in 5th […]

January 1st, 2018

What word will guide your writing life in 2018?

I love the idea of a fresh start.

There’s something so appealing about a new beginning, an uncharted course, a do-over. It’s why every year, I make New Year’s resolutions and manage to keep many of them.

But for the last few years, I’ve also followed along with the idea of choosing a single word […]