Category: Thoughts on Writing

My Panelist Schedule for Comic Con 2015 #FanX15 in SLC

I am super excited to be a panelist at next week’s Comic Con 2015: Fan Experience in Salt Lake City, Utah. The last couple have been an absolute blast!  For all you writers, my book about how to save your poor wrists while amplifying your hourly word count came out a month ago: HOW TO DICTATE YOUR WRITING LIKE IT’S…2015. The first book in my middle … Read More My Panelist Schedule for Comic Con 2015 #FanX15 in SLC

My 4 Resolves for 2015 as Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Last year I took on an overarching theme as my resolve for my personal and writing life: to become more congruent. I had never gone this route of approaching my goals thematically more than specifically and loved doing it. For 2015, my thematic goal is…CONTENTMENT. I want to be more content both personally and as a writer, though I have a few more writing goals beyond … Read More My 4 Resolves for 2015 as Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Two Blogs Diverged…

This past week I’ve done a makeover on how I blog. I’ve been like Robert Frost’s traveler in the woods facing two diverging roads, only I’ve been trying to stradle both until I think I pulled something! So then it came to me. Frost said he couldn’t travel both and be one traveler, but he wasn’t dealing with cyberspace. I can be more than … Read More Two Blogs Diverged…

13 Advantages to Dictating Your Writing

I began looking into dictation for several reasons. Like many people, I have experienced back problems which make it hard to sit at a computer and write all day. I’ve also had trouble keeping weight off since becoming a full-time writer. There, said it! I’ve moved this to TheProductiveAuthor.com, so please click here to read the rest!  

23 Productivity Tricks and Tips for Writers

Productivity is just as important for creatives as it is for business moguls. But as creatives, we don’t have to follow the same old productivity advice. Instead, why not employ our creativity toward designing a writerly life we can actually live with? Here are 23 such ways that got my mind churning: 1. Define and defend my first priority. The advice to prioritize ‘first … Read More 23 Productivity Tricks and Tips for Writers

Sabotage! 7 Ways to Deal with Writing Saboteurs

I don’t have any saboteurs of my writing at the moment–and it occurred to me, that’s just the time to write this post! Because I have had writing saboteurs in the past and human nature being what it is, I’m sure to have them in the future. I love this definition of sabotage by Merriam Webster: Sabotage:  The act of destroying or damaging something … Read More Sabotage! 7 Ways to Deal with Writing Saboteurs

These 19 Frequently Challenged Books Might Surprise You – Banned Books Week 2014

I’m often surprised by which books are frequently challenged or banned in our society. For example, take these 19 books the American Library Association reports are frequently challenged: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George The Face on the Milk … Read More These 19 Frequently Challenged Books Might Surprise You – Banned Books Week 2014

Free Novel or Series Outline Template Inspired by J.K. Rowling

I just participated on a Salt Lake Comic Con Writers Retreat panel called Planning and Outlining Your Novel and Finding Time to Write. Here’s an outlining tool that has worked awesomely for me, probably because I created it so it’s all about how my brain works. Who knows, it might be your thing, too. Worth a try! I created this worksheet after I was … Read More Free Novel or Series Outline Template Inspired by J.K. Rowling

Don’t Start Over! How to Fix a Character Stereotype or Trope

This week I guest posted on Nicohle Christopherson’s blog. Check out the first bit here or click the title just below for the full version. Also, take a look at the previous post for Nicohle’s post, Researching Mystery. So You Wrote a Stereotyped Character…9 Ways to Fix Your Story I’ve recently been doing a blog post series on How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters, which … Read More Don’t Start Over! How to Fix a Character Stereotype or Trope

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 series, THE CASE OF THE SMELLULAR PHONE, is available on … Read More My Schedule for FantasyCon 2014 in SLC – #JoinTheAdventure

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 a decision point, readers legitimately wonder what this character … Read More Writing Morally Complex Characters

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 (here or on twitter with #ToWriteTo). I need some new tunes! 1. Open Book by Cake – While I realize this is a song about more than a woman writing … Read More My Top 10 Songs About Writing – #ToWriteTo