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Talking About Queries

I’d like to talk a little bit about queries. A query letter is a letter (These days, it will almost certainly be an email, but check the guidelines) you would send to an agent that you think would be a good fit both for you (More on that later…) and your story. This will often …

Medical Info for your writing

Today I want to talk about medical facts and how they need to inform your writing. My day job is in the medical field, and often I answer questions from my CP or other Roaring Writers about medical facts in their fiction, and today I want to share a “greatest hits” of topics. When you …

The Power of Release; Or, How To Get Un-Stuck

I don’t believe in writer’s block, but I do believe in being stuck. For me, that really helps, because if one is stuck, then it logically follows that one can become un-stuck, too. Maybe it’s because I’m a helper. I like to take care of others. It is my gift, it is my curse. I’ll get …

A Man With a Plan

Zombies Need Brains LLC wants to thank you for your submission to the THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS anthology. While we enjoyed reading the story, we have decided to pass on including it in the anthology. Thank you for your interest in this project. We hope to see submissions from you in our future anthologies …

Guest host: George the Basset Hound

(As usual, I’ve invited a guest writer to fill my spot on the blog. George is the egotistical magical familiar from the Magical Drool Mysteries. If I’d had more time, I would’ve found someone else, but beggars can’t be choosers. This is slightly early, however as I sincerely doubt anyone is reading, it shouldn’t matter.) Huffpuffhuffpuff. Rabbit, your delicious …

Don’t just ride the rollercoaster–Pay attention to how it makes you feel!

Many writers focus on sight, and maybe sound, but they often neglect smell, taste, and touch, for instance. And we often do not deeply explore emotions and the physical impact they can have on our bodies. At one Roaring Writers Retreat, our mentor gave us this exercise: write a paragraph with every physical sense in it. …

Genre, genre, genre

I’m staking my claim on the blog today and talking about a subject that does not get enough attention in the early stages of writing – genre. Genre defines your work for others, sets expectations for your readers, and helps define plotting and character choices. Too often, writers think of genre after they finish the …