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 …

Just Doing It

If I don’t go, I won’t go. I came up with that mantra recently because I was having trouble making myself go to the gym. Now, once again I have plenty of excuses—after everything that happened last year, 2016 got in one last cruel chuckle in the form of my landlord deciding that after ten …

May You Live In Interesting Times

So, I had a craft post outlined, my take on creating your own motivation and smashing through writer’s block. But then the world intruded. Possibly a new world, and for many, not a better version. In conversations with writer and other artist friends in the last month, I’m getting an ugly vibe. People aren’t creating. …

Scripting Your Story

At the end of December, I submitted a story to the open call for Zombies Need Brains’ new anthology, The Death of all Things. It is the best thing that I’ve written so far, so I’m hopeful that it will see print. Of course, the numbers are against me, but lets not focus on that. …

Stop. Take a Breath. Start again.

Happy New Year Y’All!!! If you’re anything like me, around the turn of the year you’ll start to get introspective. Really introspective. Maybe not so introspective that your brain starts looking over its shoulder because it feels like it’s being watched.           (This may, or may not, actually, be my brain…) …

I love deadlines…

I had this hand-written on a post-it note on my desk for an embarrassingly long time before I realized it was that Douglas Adams. So long and thanks for all the fish Douglas Adams. The secret is to bang the rocks together guys Douglas Adams. The impenetrable SEP field (“Someone Else’s Problem”) Douglas Adams. The …

Resolutions

Gentle reader, as Janet Walden-West mentioned a few weeks ago on her blogpost, this time of year is flush with advice on how to manage time and set goals over the holidays. I suck at both of these things. I start shaking if I have an item in my calendar that does not have a …