Romance Writing: Creating Characters Who Are Meant To Be Together

As an avid reader of romance, I have read numerous novels where the hero and heroine fall in love for no reason. It simply serves the plot. This is not what we want as readers. We want characters that fall in love because they are meant for each other. They have to be perfectly matched … Continue reading Romance Writing: Creating Characters Who Are Meant To Be Together

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Five Truths of Editing Fiction No One Tells You

This is my latest on Coffee House Writers. You can find the full article here. Five Truths of Editing Fiction No One Tells You I’ve been chronicling my experience with editing here at Coffee House Writers with some of my past articles. “Starting Over: Mirroring Kristin Cashore’s Writing of Bitterblue” was about how rewriting the … Continue reading Five Truths of Editing Fiction No One Tells You

The Heroine of My Life: A Therapy Exercise for Battling Negative Self-Talk

This is my latest on Coffee House Writers. I had the inspiration to write this from a friend who mentioned that her therapist had told her about this exercise. I was immediately taken with the idea and wanted to see if it could help me. This is what I came up with since I didn't … Continue reading The Heroine of My Life: A Therapy Exercise for Battling Negative Self-Talk

An Editing Process for Pantsers

This is another article that I wrote for Coffee House Writers. You can find the full article with this link. I hope you find this helpful! An Editing Process for Pantsers The 18th of July was the one-month anniversary of finishing my first full-length novel. You may have seen my article “Starting Over: Mirroring Kristin Cashore’s … Continue reading An Editing Process for Pantsers

Character Creation: Why Is It Important And How Can You Do It?

There are two main parts to every story: internal and external conflict. These are also known as character and plot, respectively. One of the age-old debates in the literary world is which is more important to the story. Neuroscience has answered this question with fMRI technology. According to Lisa Cron’s book, “Story Genius,” the character’s journey … Continue reading Character Creation: Why Is It Important And How Can You Do It?

Starting Over: Mirroring Kristin Cashore’s Process of Writing “Bitterblue”

I am a fan of the “Graceling Realm Series” by Kristin Cashore. In the back of the third and final book, “Bitterblue,” I found a mention of the blog post that detailed how she ended up restarting the writing process for that book all over again. Imagine having written seven notebooks, all filled with the first draft, … Continue reading Starting Over: Mirroring Kristin Cashore’s Process of Writing “Bitterblue”

An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Younger Self, You will be on a journey of learning your whole life. Along the way, there will be tears, great friends, betrayal, suicidal thoughts, and support. You will go through a lot of hard times, but the good times will make the hard times worth it. You will be an energetic, stubborn, bossy … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Younger Self