When life gets you down – when it steals the wheel off your plane and leaves you stranded in the desert for ten hours – remember that life is a story, an adventure, and you are part of it – both as protagonist and as narrator. … More “Who are you?” from the journal of a sleep-deprived writer
Are you a first drafter or an editor? I spent much of the summer editing the first novel in my Beauty and the Beast-inspired epic fantasy series. I’ve written and edited novels in the past, but this one has felt different – like I unlocked a new level in my writing adventure. 🙂 More on this in … More Dichotomy of a Writer: Part Three
For my semester abroad, I lived in Ireland with twenty students in one house. We did everything together, and we had to learn to live “by the seat of our pants” because we rarely knew our schedule more than two weeks in advance. For the most part, I thrived on this pace, because I’m what … More Dichotomy of a Writer: Part Two
I am not a fan of “this or that” choices. Am I an extrovert or an introvert? Left-brained or right-brained? A planner or a pantser? A writer or an editor? Option Three, please: All of the above! How can one be both an extrovert and an introvert? Good question! When asked, I’ve come to tell people … More Dichotomy of a Writer: Part One
It’s good to have a Tribe. Have you ever been to a writers conference? They are full of wonderful people coming together to learn valuable information. Realm Makers is more than that. Realmies are a family. Every heart wonders, “Who are my people, and how is it like us to live?” When we all come together at … More Realm Makers Highlights: Part 2
In his keynote addresses at #RealmMakers2016, “Thomas Locke” …aka Davis Bunn… affirmed a lesson I learned from my dad: having discipline frees you to create. When Dad teaches on this, he likes to use the piano as an example. Becoming good at the piano requires countless hours of monotonous practice before you build the skills necessary … More Realm Makers Highlights: Part 1
This week finds me at my favorite conference for writers: Realm Makers. Yes, it’s just like it sounds. This is a conference for geeks. And we’re proud of it! 🙂 Realm Makers is a place where Christian writers (and editors and agents, etc.) of speculative fiction gather to encourage and learn from one another. Everyone … More Realm Makers 2016!
I remember my first true edit well. I was in high school, and I shared one of my stories with my friend Michaela. She returned it with a disclaimer scrawled in purple ink in the top left corner: “Okay, don’t freak out. When I edit, I edit. 🙂 Remember these are just suggestions. Good story!” I had a … More My First Editor