NaNoWriMo Begins

It’s been seven days now, and I…was on track for the first day, and after that I did a few hundred words.

My project this November is a sequel to a book I wrote three years ago for NaNoWriMo. I’m calling it Respawned: Double Oops. (Working titles are hard, okay?) Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Begins”

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Choosing the Right Villain

When I decided on my NaNoWriMo project this year, I thought I knew what I was doing. Sequel to my previous work Respawned, the characters had a preexisting pickle they were stuck in, and it should have been simple to plot. And then I had to “assign an antagonist,” and it all fell apart. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Villain”

Secrets in Our Cities Scavenger Hunt: Creating Dragons

Welcome to this stop on the Secrets in Our Cities Scavenger Hunt!

One of the great tragedies of my adulthood was being forced to acknowledge that dragons don’t exist, or else are extinct. Probably. According to most reliable sources.

(If a magical apocalypse arrives and changes the world, I’m totally going out and finding a dragon.) Continue reading “Secrets in Our Cities Scavenger Hunt: Creating Dragons”

It’s a Cover!

So…I’m in another anthology of short stories. This one’s theme is urban fantasy. There are ten amazing stories in there, by ten awesome authors. There’s a wide range of creatures featured, from werewolves to dragons to fairies and more! So something for everyone.

It comes out October 31st.

Without further ado, I give you…. Continue reading “It’s a Cover!”

The Universal Value of a Good Outline

Talking with my family over dinner one recent evening, the topic of conversation came around to outlines. They’re an integral part of writing, but I hadn’t realized just how useful a good outline is in completely different careers. I used to aspire to be a pantser (one who manages to sit down and write a book from their heart with minimal input) and now I’m very firmly a plotter, as I always have been. Aka, one who uses outlines. Continue reading “The Universal Value of a Good Outline”