What’s the Deal With Beta Readers?

As I get closer to finishing this draft of my novel (draft #5, for those keeping count), my focus has shifted toward beta readers. I’ve mentioned them a few times and lots of people I’ve talked to aren’t sure what they are or what they do. So I’m going to answer some of the commonContinue reading “What’s the Deal With Beta Readers?”

Fairy or Fae

Fairy or faery? Which is correct spelling? Is there a difference? What do people mean when they say “fae”? As an avid fan of fairy tales and fantasy books and movies, this is actually something I’ve been curious about for a long time. But as I started to dig into the subject, the information wasContinue reading “Fairy or Fae”

The Topic of Grief

I think all of us who have watched a movie about a hero on a quest (or seen a Disney movie, for that matter) have noticed a common theme in those stories. Dead parents. I know, I know, that’s a super morbid thought. Why have I even brought it up?

The Follow-Through Problem

Here’s the deal, friends. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in 1st grade. I started writing my first book in middle school. That was more than 10 years ago (and isn’t that weird to think about!) and in that time I’ve only finished two manuscripts. Now, that’s not to say it shouldContinue reading “The Follow-Through Problem”

NaNo 2018: Recap and Reflections

50,000 words in 30 days? Check! I know. I’m crazy. But as stressful as the last month was, I managed to have a lot of fun as well. As I’m wrapping up NaNo 2018, I thought I’d reflect on the experience and share a few things I learned along the way. Some of these lessonsContinue reading “NaNo 2018: Recap and Reflections”