January 2nd, 2017

What word will guide your writing life in 2017?

The start of a new year has most of us reflecting on the previous year and making grand plans for the coming year. I don’t make resolutions. To me, they’re empty wishes. I set goals. And each year, I think of one word that will guide me through the year and keep me on track […]

December 23rd, 2016

Advanced Craft Tips

I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, show don’t tell, etc. They’re subtler and harder to spot, but I believe they can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author. And […]

November 25th, 2016

Blast Copyright Pirates out of the Water

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Okay, button up, because as they say in the vernacular of Texas, I’m fixin’ to gush all over you.

One of the big […]

October 7th, 2016

Your Writing Matters: How a Book Saved My Life

This is not that cabin

Autumn always makes me thankful. Maybe it’s because of Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because of a memory of a remote cabin in the middle exploding fall colors. Maybe it’s the reminder that I have more to be thankful for than most. I’m thankful for books. Because one saved my life.

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September 23rd, 2016

Nail That First Line!

Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right (click on the photo to check out this amazing book)

I just taught a class on Beginning Pages recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines.

Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line:

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