It’s a trite phrase by now, drained of its meaning by repetition. We’ve heard it everywhere—pop songs, Disney movies, YA books. Writers, especially, get told variations on this theme all the time. Find your “voice.” Embrace your individuality. Draw inspiration from your personal experience.
And don’t get me wrong, it’s all good advice.
If only we actually took it. Continue reading “This (Un)Professional Writing Blog”
You may think that writers are independent, autocratic individuals who spend hours with fingers glued to their laptop keys, hammering out words. You might think that a writer is someone who is snobbish and protective of their precious work. Someone ready to explain away every plot hole and rationalize the importance of the most minor characters.
And, yeah, you’re right. Continue reading “It Must Be Green”
I get fidgety when I’m not writing anything.
And right now I have nothing to write. Don’t get me wrong—I’m working on multiple projects right now. But one of them is Book #3 in The Reinhold Chronicles, and that mammoth of a draft needs words to be cut, not added. I also have a super exciting concept for my next novel after the Reinhold books, but that’s just an outline—and most of it’s still just a bunch of junk rolling around in my brain.
So, yeah, I haven’t been using much more than the backspace key lately. Is this sentence absolutely necessary? How about this dialogue tag? Why say “sat down” when you could just say “sat”? Why have her sit at all when she’s just going to stand a few lines down? Really, really, deliciously exciting work. It’s necessary (Book #3 is currently 646 pages) but fun, it is not.
I realized that I’m filling the writing hole with reading—a lot of it. Continue reading “Current Bookshelf”
I don’t think words can quite express the excitement behind those two words: it’s here.
The Realms Beyond.
Multiple years of writing, editing, rewriting, and now this thing doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you—the readers.
That’s a scary thought for an author. So I really only have a few things to say.
First, if you liked The Fiery Arrow, this is more of the same—and also completely, utterly different. It’s another adventure story full of life, discovery, and the struggles of coming-of-age. But this book feels more of mystery than anything else. Questions and plot twists at every turn. The new characters are shrouded in mysteries, and even the old ones develop in unexpected ways.
Every initial reader has told me roughly the same thing: “I loved The Fiery Arrow. But this is way better.”
So the only other things I have to say? Well, I hope you read the book, considering it’s available in basically any format your heart could desire—hardcover, paperback, Kindle. Also, if you missed book one, you can catch it for FREE on Kindle right now!
And beyond that (hah, see what I did there) the only other thing you can do is write me a review. I don’t think most readers realize how invaluable this is, especially for brand-new books. And plus, I love to hear what you thought of the story.