Thoughts & Updates Category

Love Triangle Tip – Write A Good Loser

I am a fan of love triangles.

Not just because I’m avid ‘shipper (relationshipper, aka someone who inexplicably cares which character the MC ends up with–yup, I don’t understand it either, but it’s my flavor).

Not just because love triangles add conflict and tension to stories (although different types of attraction generally do and I am so excited to share tips about using attraction to amp up story lines as a chapter in my WIP characterization book).

And no, it’s nothing to do with the fantasy of having two guys fight over you. I actually enjoy two girls and one guy love triangles equally as much when they are well done. Personally, having two people in your business trying to get your attention sounds like a hassle–like I said, it can add tension. Tension is the author’s friend, used judiciously. [...]  read more

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Write Inside Out – Website Reboot Clearance Sale!

Writing and marketing are overpriced endeavors.

And I’m not talking about money.

I’m talking about the precious hours scraped together at the end of the night when the rest of your family has gone to sleep, or scavenged from early in the morning before they’ve woken up.

Or the moments on your lunch break, tapping away at your cell phone or scribbling in a notebook. Or sometimes sneaking out receipt paper and writing plot ideas when no one is coming to your checkout aisle (yes, my first NaNoWriMo was eight years ago, and I was working at Kmart). [...]  read more

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How to Increase Tension in Stories Using Character Contrast


Contrast is one of my favorite buzzwords when it comes to character creation. Using opposites to force character growth and make characters stand out is one of the easiest and most effective ways of getting reader attention and making sure your story keeps moving.

Today I’ll give you an easy way to implement that in your own stories. It involves using what you already know about your characters and turning the tables to make those qualities pop.

Here’s how I often organize characterization: [...]  read more

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FOCUS Your Writing in 2017

My word of the year: FOCUS.

Focusing is a funny thing for me. As someone who has sensory processing issues and who was once diagnosed with A.D.D., I’ve found that I actually focus better when I’m working on more than one project. The high pressure and constant stimulation of different activities keep me from losing interest. [...]  read more

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How to Enjoy NaNoWriMo – Even If You’re Not Participating (or You’re a Rebel)

I am NOT participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. At least, not in the traditional sense. While I write steadily, 50K this November just isn’t a possibility, especially with working a full-time job, a part-time job, and other sundry endeavors outside this little blog post box.


However, I am doing my first ever short-story contest with my students based on NaNoWriMo. Their minimum is 5,000 words in the month of November — and they can feel free to go all the way to 50,000! As long they, y’know, actually get all their homework done and remember to sleep now and then. 😉 In honor of their efforts, I’m going for 15K-30K, picking up a steampunk/fairy tale YA novel I ditched two years ago because distraction by another story (if this happens to you *high fives* and if it doesn’t — which is incredible and awesome — *high fives anyway* ). Anyway, what ended up happening was that unfinished story kept relentlessly seeping into other stories in inappropriate (re: totally against plot flow) ways, so I figure it was time to give Touch of Green its due. [...]  read more

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