Hey, hi, happy Friday! I’ve been impatiently waiting for the weekend to come because we’re going camping on Santa Cruz Island! It will be my first visit, and I’m hoping to get a lot of great pictures to share with you all on Monday. Without further ado, here are five things I’m into this week!Continue reading “Five Things Friday (#25)”
“I remember Alan Moore in the late 1980s telling me about a documentary he’d seen on TV about Jack the ripper. And then, over the course of the next few months, telling me about Jack the Ripper books he’d read. By the point where he was asking me to go and find rare and forgottenContinue reading “Trust Your Obsessions”
One of the most magical things about writing is the way it leads you to access your subconscious. Many writers I’ve spoken to can relate to the phenomenon of feeling like your characters are writing the story and not the other way around. It seems a little crazy. I’m trying to get to this plotContinue reading “Colorful Characters”
I have a confession, everyone: I’ve fallen in love. I am 100% twitterpated.
What’s the name of my new paramour, you ask? Scrivener.
On writing romance and blushing through the kissing scenes.
You guys, I don’t want to sound dramatic, but writing is hard.
I want it to be all composing in coffee shops, riding a wave of inspiration with a jaunty beret on my head but it’s just not.
It’s kind of like marriage. The movies make it look so romantic. Proposals are epic and surprising. In reality, I remember thinking before Marshall and I got engaged, “Wow, this is a lot more practical than I expected.” We’d been talking about marriage for at least a year before he proposed, hashing out all the details of when and where and how. It wasn’t a shock when he finally proposed, but it was beautiful, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Communication and work and practicality are the keys to being able to enjoy all the romantic aspects.
Let’s talk sequels. What differentiates a good sequel from a bad one? What sequels do you love and which are offensive to their source material?
Before I start with any new topic, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who reached out after my last blog post and extended support, love, and vulnerable confessions of “me, too.” I never expected my words to be so well-received, and I feel like the grinch whose heart grew threeContinue reading “No Woman is an Island: From Manuscript to Novel”
There’s nothing worse than getting started. I’ve worked many jobs, and the worst part is always those first few days when you’re clumsy and useless and waiting for someone to tell you what to do. With writing, there’s no one to tell you what to do. You just have to sit down and start. I’veContinue reading “Getting Started”