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Just Beat It!

I’m going to start off by saying that this is going to be a long post, but if you’re having trouble plotting, or figuring out why a story/novella/book isn’t working, then you should definitely stick with me. It’s been quite a while since I last put up a post here on The Million Words, and …

Crafting a Newsletter

A while back, I posted about whether or not it was a good idea for an author to have a newsletter. I think it’s a good idea, and I *finally* got around to following my own advice… And I had no idea the amount of work that goes into something like that. There’s a lot …

Adding Insult to Injury

I want to talk a bit about a kerfluffle happening in the writing community at the moment. Kerfluffles happen repeatedly among writers and given that authors love to write, the scuffles sometimes are glorious and oh so lengthy. I have no interest in going into this particular controversy as it’s being dealt with in the …

Good Intentions

Guys. I have a semi-coherent post sitting on my hard drive, full of semi-helpful tips on gauging pacing in a story. You aren’t getting that post though. Instead, today’s post is brought to you by the rampant inequality in publishing. Specifically, a dumpster fire that came after yearly nominations for published works in one of …

Break at your own Peril

One of the oldest “Rules” of writing out there is: “Write what you know.” Naturally, once you get into genre fiction, this doesn’t hold water under any kind of close inspection. If we all stuck with writing about what we knew, stories featuring faster than light travel, Dragons, magic, and galaxies far, far away simply …

Setting the Stage

Over the past few weeks, several of the urban fantasy writers I follow on social media have been visiting places they’ve written about or intend to set stories in. I’m enjoying watching them post their pictures and make observations on some of the quirky names and fun tidbits they are finding as they wander. I …

14 Romance Reads for February

Yeah, I know. February=Valentine’s Day=Romance. How cliched, right? But lets face it–aside from Westminster (do yourself a favor and go watch. I’m not attending this year, but we have a couple of MW-adjacent dogs and owners competing), about all February has going for it is Valentine’s/Galantine’s Day. Since I’m still on a reading binge, the …