Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being

Are you a plotter or a planner? Well? Do you plan things or do you wing it? Are you organized or spontaneous? Do you structure your books or do you wait for the muse to take you by the hand? You're one or the other! Choose! If you've been writing any amount of time, you've … Continue reading Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being

Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

I'm sure you've heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don't overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It's common advice, and it's not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. … Continue reading Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

WriteOnCon!

WriteOnCon is coming up! This year, it's running from February 9 to 11, Friday through Sunday. Haven't heard of it before? Check it out. WriteOnCon is a writing convention for children's book authors, including everything from picture books to New Adult. It's also completely online, which means you don't have to go anywhere--just register, sign … Continue reading WriteOnCon!

Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors

I looooove Sarah Andersen's comics. They're one of the only reasons I check Twitter, because I'm clearly not going to get over my social anxiety and talk to someone. This gem came out over the holidays. Let's talk about it! https://twitter.com/SarahCAndersen/status/943504157960421377 Practice! Practice. Practice. I want to keep its URL in an easy-to-reach place and … Continue reading Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors