Writing a Query is Harder Than Writing the Actual Book

And yes. I think this is true. When writing a book, (mostly) the words just come out. You have the immensely enjoyable task of moving the pieces around on the board, of telling them what their next move is, what their next decision will be. Telling the story is an amazing ride and, regardless of … Continue reading

I’m Important In My Dreams, or, Why I Write

I remember lots of my dreams. Last night, I dreamed that I was a zombie hunter. I had a partner, and together we killed zombies left and right. But then I was bit – and you know what happened? I could still think, could still feel. I’d been killing creatures that still possessed rational thought. … Continue reading

Dear Writer

Dear Writer, Admit it. You are like me – you love to create. You need it to survive, to continue feeling normal. But you love also the idea of one day seeing your name on a hardcover jacket typed out in a lovely custom font, and several glowing reviews of your novel waiting for the … Continue reading

In Which There Are New Ideas Brewing

She came to me two days ago. She was unusually beautiful – covered in tattoos and possessing a devil-may-care attitude, she woke me up early in the morning and let me know she’d arrived. Her name is Violet. She knows who she is, or at least it appears to everyone around her that she does. … Continue reading

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, But It Certainly Makes Progress

I am rewriting, as always. This time it is my NaNoWriMo novel, Gold Valley. I’m in the 1st rewrite at this point, so I’m simply adding. Nothing more. I’m trying very hard not to go through and nitpick at my grammar, or remove my extraneous commas, or change character names. This first rewrite is simply … Continue reading