5 Words I Made Up to Describe NaNoWriMo

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge is a many-faceted thing. To describe the experience, I found myself needing to mash up some fresh word concotions. Technically every month is NaNoWriMo for me. I do between 15,000 and 20,000 words per week of fiction writing. Sure, that’s all pure, gunky draft but it’s out there! […]

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10 Writing Tips Inspired by Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL

One doesn’t read Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. One devours it! In my case, I devoured it through my ears by listening to the fantastic audiobook version read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. I could not put it down, resulting in extra walks and a cleaner apartment than I’ve seen in months. Win! I haven’t felt that […]

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My Schedule for FantasyCon 2014 in SLC – #JoinTheAdventure

I have the opportunity to be a panelist at next week’s FantasyCon 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naturally, I’m so excited!! My panel centers around my travel and research for HULDUSNOOPS, a middle grade fantasy and mystery series about the Icelandic Huldufólk or “Hidden People” many Icelanders believe in to this day. The first book in the […]

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Writing Morally Complex Characters

I’ve found that writing morally complex characters boils down to simultaneously setting them up to fail and succeed. At some juncture in the story, even a “good” character should seem just as likely to make the wrong choice as the right one! Strong characters are described in layers so that by the time they reach […]

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My Top 10 Songs About Writing – #ToWriteTo

My iPod includes several songs which are either directly or indirectly about writing. For whatever reason, they inspire me to keep going with my writing projects. Here’s my list, in hopes that you’ll add yours in the comments. I need some new tunes! 1. Open Book by Cake – While I realize this is a song […]

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Why Bechdel Testing Your Novel Shows Business Savvy

It turns out Alison Bechdel gave creatives not only a recipe for becoming more enlightened human beings, but a way to be more business-savvy as well. The test bearing her name helps quantify the representation of women in film, novels, and other creative works. Bechdel Test 101 So what is it? In case you can’t […]

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