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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August 26th, 2016

Craft Books for Pantsers

photo credit: Lonely Highway via photopin (license)

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E.L. Doctorow

Y’all know I have process envy, right? I think most of us do. I […]