The End

The other day, a friend asked me a very specific question about writing, and I’ve been turning it over in my head since then.How do you stop writing?How do you keep your story from dragging on and on? The ending is a vital part to any story, and really, this… Read the rest...

Influence Map, Part 2

I meant to finish this a lot sooner, but some things came up and for a little while, blogging was the last thing on my mind. Don’t worry, though – I’m not leaving you hanging. For anyone who was waiting, here’s the rest of the commentary on my influence map.… Read the rest...

Influence Map

For a while, influence maps were a popular trend among artists on deviantART. It spread outward and I saw them on other art sites, from time to time, but I never made one. Sure, I draw – I’m not terrible at it, either, though I’m far from being great. But… Read the rest...

The Revision Process

Editing is the most important step of finishing a book. Anyone who disagrees is fooling themselves. Even the best books have an editor, whether or not they’re listed in the credits page. Very few authors are able to edit their own work successfully, and it makes sense that we wouldn’t.… Read the rest...

The Writing Process

Not that long ago, I asked a great friend about her writing process. I have always loved reading about how other people work. There’s no guarantee the same method will work for everyone, of course, but hearing how other people do it has helped motivate me in the past. Besides,… Read the rest...

Q&A, volume 2

It’s been a bit since I posted my last, so here’s a few more questions I’ve been asked. Q: How you keep writing?A: As much as I’d like to say there’s some kind of secret to keeping me going, there’s not. How do I keep writing? Honestly, I don’t.… Read the rest...

A trend I just can’t follow

Before I say anything, let me state that I’m not criticizing this particular style of writing. I’ve read a few books in it that I’ve liked perfectly well, but overall, there’s one thing about myself I’ve really noticed lately:  I do not like reading books that are written in first-person… Read the rest...

Ants

I don’t like bugs very much. For the most part, bugs and I have a mutual understanding. If they leave me alone, and stay out of my house, I’ll leave them alone. There’s a few exceptions, of course, such as unspoken rule that they’re not allowed to eat the flowers,… Read the rest...