The Green-Eyed Writer

In Shakespeare’s Othello, the villain Iago speaks the following famous lines: O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on. Nice phrase for jealousy, “the green-eyed monster.” I’m jealous I didn’t come up with it myself. And that’s what I want to talk about today: jealousy. It affects all writers (or at least, it affects all the writers I’m personally acquainted with, including me). We know it’s not a good thing; we know we should simply celebrate other writers’ successes, without wishing… Read More

Of Tatas and Tats/ @LaurelHouck

As a young teen, I spent countless forevers bemoaning my bra size, feeling like a total boob…or lack thereof. I resorted to drawing in cleavage with an eyebrow pencil. I ordered (in a plain brown wrapper) a pink device to squeeze while I muttered, “I must, I must, I must increase my bust.” I soon discovered boys didn’t really care. There were other parts that interested them even more. But I digress. As spring has morphed into summer, that restless stirring for something different has resurfaced. I researched—as only a writer can—tattoos… Read More

Freedom’s just another word…

“So that’s your first assignment,” the teacher said. “Go find a comfortable place to write and come back with a first draft in two hours.” I don’t remember what the assignment was, but given what I do remember of the summer, it likely had something to do with a small, traveling circus. It was July 1992 and it was one of the first days of a program called the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (PGSA) – a now defunct, tuition-free, five-week residential program for high school artists of all varieties. I… Read More

Word Count Fatigue

It all started when I was listening to a podcast interview with a popular, indie romance writer. She said that these days, she likes to release a new book every single month. To keep up with this schedule, she writes around five thousand words a day. “That’s really the only way to stay fresh in your readers’ minds.” Lately, it seems like no matter what writing podcast I’m listening to, the advice I’m getting is all about speed, speed, speed. And I totally get it. Writing fast = new books = visibility… Read More

Ya Never Know

In my previous post, I listed all of the unpublished novels sitting in my closet or on my hard drive. Most of them haven’t budged since then. But ya know, ya never know. Writing is a weird business. Sometimes, a story you think is going great crashes and burns. Sometimes, a manuscript you’re sure is going to be the one can’t find its audience. And other times, projects you thought were going nowhere go . . . somewhere. Case in point: In 2013, I took my first stab at NaNoWriMo. I didn’t… Read More

Too. Much.

Too Many Cooks Reading Steph Keyes’ blog post from a few weeks ago struck a chord that resounded deep within my writer’s soul; her post was about knowing when you are done revising and the confusion that can arise when you collect too much feedback. In her “quest” to improve her manuscript, as she says, I had cast my net so wide…that I’d somehow accumulated too many opinions and changed far more than I needed to. Don’t I know that feeling! I’ve done it with two manuscripts that are now sitting in a… Read More


Two posts on the blog this week! This is what happens when you have so many incredibly talented contributors willing to share their words!!! Read @vonlowenkraft who talks St. Patrick’s Day memories and the old writing adage write what you know And, read @TheRosieDavid who laments about #socialmedia fatigue

Life, Death, Dragons and St Patrick’s Day… or Writing About What You Know

I grew up believing in leprechauns. They scampered through the house on St Patrick’s Day turning the milk, the orange juice and even the butter green – much to my mother’s annoyance (which confirmed the existence of leprechauns since we knew she didn’t do it). But we loved it, and my brothers and I would rush downstairs in the morning, throw open the door to the fridge, and squeal in delight at the ‘green’ juice that awaited us. It was magic! It was wonderful! And it was my father’s birthday. To this… Read More

Unpublished Business

Published writers are also unpublished writers. Unless they’re instant successes like J. K. Rowling or perpetual bestsellers like Rick Riordan—and, most likely, even if they are—the majority of published writers have a closet or a hard drive full of unpublished novels. Take me. I have one published novel, the YA science fiction adventure Survival Colony 9, with the sequel, Scavenger of Souls, due out in August. (There’s a cover reveal and giveaway running right now on YA Books Central, if you’d like to check it out.) I also have the following unpublished… Read More

How Do I Make Myself Write Again After Getting Negative Feedback?

I have been struggling so much to write again. The first book just came out, the second one is done without yet having a publishing house, and I have excuse after excuse to not write another book. Excuses: The story’s not there. Nothing exciting enough is happening in my life for me to write about. I’ve got plenty of time. I need to focus on publishing the next book first. I don’t know the characters in this story. I have too many other things to do… Blah blah blah. What’s really going… Read More