Here's a peek at my NaNoWriMo word count stats, and how I made a phobia-ridden turtle trainer get on a plane for a scavenger hunt in Fiji.
There are the usual questions readers ask authors. But what about the hard ones? I answer those questions here.
To get you ready for National Novel Writing Month, here are my favorite books on writing and creativity.
What are my writing goals for 2019? First, let me share this year’s goals. It was NOT so much to write, but to rest, reset, and learn. I think I’ve done a killer job doing that. One of the ways I’ve done that is by reading A LOT. I’ve read across genres, good writing, bad … Continue reading My writing goals for 2019
As long as I've been able to write, I've known I wanted to be a writer. But as we all know, the desire to be a writer doesn't create books alone. I've started writing novels, only to give up three chapters in. I've hidden my writing so that the world would never see my scribbles. … Continue reading 8 things I wish I’d known as a newbie writer
Earlier this week, I had the extreme honor of chatting with a 4th grade class in Virginia (via Google Hangout from California) to discuss NaNoWriMo, and how they could write a novel in 30 days. The class will be trying their hand at this challenge, with an appropriate word goal for 9-year-olds, and had so … Continue reading Being chased by a novel (NaNoWriMo prep)
I almost forgot to mention that this Sunday (Sept. 13) I will be the featured speaker at the Redwood Writers meeting to discuss NaNoWriMo, and my tips on reaching the finish line of 50,000 words. For those of you who know me, you know that I HATE public speaking of any kind. However, this topic … Continue reading Event: How to write a novel in 30 days
About three years ago, I was in grocery shopping in a Trader Joe's when an accident unfolded in the middle of the store. A woman was pushing her toddler in the cart, and he was sitting in the wrong part. The cart pitched forward, and the toddler fell on the ground and became hysterical. The … Continue reading How Trader Joe’s helped me write my latest novel
It's a known saying to "write what you know." And it's true, your very best writing will come from areas of your life that you're most familiar with. I've followed this advice in my own books - from writing about the complicated process of blending a family in "A Symphony of Cicadas" to actual stories … Continue reading Write what you know…and what you don’t
Through my years of writing, I have written a total of three novels. And yet, I've only just published my first novel this year. So what was the difference? What made this story easier to clean up and publish than the other two? I knew my characters. Before I even wrote the story, I took … Continue reading Make friends with your characters