The Importance of Reading Far, Wide, and New

Hello, bookish friends! As writers, we’re often told that we must first be readers. I couldn’t agree more, especially for those of us trying to get traditionally published -- there are certain rules, trends, and subtle hints that can be learned from reading often, and reading widely. For example, my most recent books were Divergent… Continue reading The Importance of Reading Far, Wide, and New

Deciding to Write Dual POV

Hello! Hope you’re having a great month so far. We have all our decorations up, and I’ve already begun the holiday baking spree -- first up: cranberry white chocolate scones! Apart from baking, playing lots of Hyrule Warriors and wrapping gifts, I’ve been working on the latest revisions round for my latest WIP (which I’ll… Continue reading Deciding to Write Dual POV

Tackling First Revisions

Hello hello! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. I’m here refilling my tea and setting up snowflake decorations! In my last post, I wrote about the importance of taking a break after a major writing accomplishment; in my case, it was after writing my newest book’s first draft in 30 days. I was TIRED by… Continue reading Tackling First Revisions

Draft One Is Done: Now What?

Hi everyone! My last post was dedicated to tips for writing a novel in 30 days, which I did from Sept 15-Oct 14. But after you’ve finished writing a first draft, you might think: Now what? First and foremost, I hope your answer is CELEBRATE. Completing a first draft, no matter how long it takes… Continue reading Draft One Is Done: Now What?

Knowing the Right Time to Query

Hello wonderful people! I've been working hard on my latest round of revisions, and now, I'm almost at the point I've been so excited to reach: the query phase! I've often asked myself the question I'm sure all writers are familiar with: how do you know when your story is ready to query? For my… Continue reading Knowing the Right Time to Query

Your Race at Your Pace: A Tale of a 29-Year-Old

Hi everyone! Today happens to be my 29th birthday, and it's made me even more reflective than usual. Thirty is coming! The last year of my twenties! And 30 has always always felt like A Big Milestone -- maybe it means magically becoming more mature overnight, or more self-assured, or putting away the youth of… Continue reading Your Race at Your Pace: A Tale of a 29-Year-Old