For this episode of the writescast, Kristin A. Oakley joined me to define and discuss the hybrid publishing process. It's not quite traditional, and it's not really self-pub, either. How does that work, you ask? You'll have to listen to her interview to find out!
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. Though our approaches to keeping readers engaged may vary, doing so is likely a goal that we as writers share. We have many tools at our disposal to achieve this, but in this post we'll focus… Continue reading Who Knows What, and When? Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony
MFA Candidate and writer of YA Speculative Fiction Meg Gaertner speaks with me about how to manage the querying process and how we as writers can keep our heads above the water when waves of rejection notices come crashing down.
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. Cliffhangers: these are your heart-pounding, reader-teasing, big moments of twist, right? Well, not always. Though the sudden interjection of action-packed surprise or suspense is what most people think of when they hear the word "cliffhanger," our… Continue reading Cliffhanging: Not Always What It Seems
I'm pleased to announce that Five:2:One Magazine will be publishing my flash fiction piece "Wool" on its website beginning July 7th, 2017 as part of its #thesideshow series for art, micro-poetry, and flash fiction. In addition to the text version of the story, I'll be making an audio telling available through Five:2:One as well. "Wool" is the story… Continue reading Publication Announcement: Flash Fiction, “Wool”
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. In another post in this series, I covered the importance of striving for the use of active voice whenever possible. Though I still stand by favoring active voice over passive, I feel it's important to acknowledge… Continue reading Sometimes it Pays to be Passive
This episode of the writescast features freelance proofreader Mary Anne Hinkle, who joined me to talk about the differences between proofreading and editing, the publication process, and how writers have to be ready to divorce themselves emotionally from their manuscripts when seeking the help of an editor.
This post is part of the Outline With Me series. For more like this, check out the outlining your novel page. In the previous post in this mini-series, we walked through the first six stages of The Hero's Journey as featured in season one, episode five of Adventure Time. This post will cover the remaining six steps of this journey, all… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey and Adventure Time, Part Two
This post is part of the Outline With Me series. For more like this, check out the outlining your novel page. So you've got your logline, but, after checking out the seven-point story structure in these posts, you're not sure if it's right for your story. Then let's explore another traditional storytelling structure---namely, Joseph Campbell's (no relation) The… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey and Adventure Time, Part One
This post is part of the Outline With Me series. For more like this, check out the outlining your novel page. Below you'll find the third and final part in this mini-series. Want to start with parts one and two? You can find them at The Paper Trail and Beat Sheets, respectively. As we've seen so far in this… Continue reading An Outline’s Not a Contract, Part Three