Recommended word counts cause so much angst. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, check out this Writer's Digest post, or this post on children's fiction. (Unfortunately, they're both pretty old. Still, you get the point.) Agents and publishers look for novels with word counts within a certain range. This length varies by genre and the … Continue reading On Recommended Word Counts and Why They Can Be Helpful (Especially If You Write Fantasy)
The pantsing vs. outlining discussion is as old as time. Every writer has, at some point, watched a bunch of people debate about the benefits of "winging it" versus the benefits of planning. And I may be sensitive here--I probably am--but whenever people talk about pantsing vs. outlining, outlining gets panned. I've heard it all! … Continue reading How and Why I Outline
My full review is on Goodreads! This is the sort of thing that makes me want to read more Middle Grade. I love YA, I write YA, I read YA, but goodness! How often have I written book reviews that said, "Well, it was fun, but I wish they would keep the romance from overpowering … Continue reading Book Review: The Luck Uglies
The more I think about this novel the more conflicted I become. My full review is on Goodreads. YA readers have been raving about Daughter of Shadow and Bone and its sequels, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. And I'm conflicted. Still. Here's the problem: I don't really like romance. I … Continue reading Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
It's been years since I was a teenager, but I was everything you'd expect from a young, naive writer. I thought I was great at writing, I wanted to major in it, and I was determined to write for a living. I was a novelist. A writer! All I had to do was, you know, … Continue reading Three Things I Wish I Had Known About Writing When I Was a Teenager
Moving is awful. I just moved from one side of America to the other, and it's dreadful. I don't even have my furniture yet. It is, needless to say, extremely hard to write (or focus, or work, or do much of anything), so the blog updates are going to be sparse until I have, for … Continue reading Second short story sold!
I moved across the whole darn country last week, so I couldn't post this earlier. The new Humble eBook Bundle is out! And there's still time to buy it: Humble eBook Bundle 4 pay what you want and help charity It's the same as always: Pay what you want, get lots of books. At the … Continue reading The Humble eBook Bundle Returns!