Trace stood in the shadows of the alley and watched to make sure the vamp was dead. It smelled dead, but with a vamp, it was hard to be sure. Most of them always smelled dead. A couple of rough-looking men came out from an alley and checked for a pulse, which would tell them … More Chapter 3 Excerpt from Born Not Made
52,036 words and counting: BNM (working title) is starting to take off. Sure, some days, the words write themselves, and some days, I have to pry them out with a crowbar. But they’re coming, and it’s amazingly satisfying to see the characters and the story taking shape. I’ve never written anything that merged magic with … More Making Progress on Book 1!
I can’t decide if I should call my city by its real name or by a made-up name. Originally, I was using a city I’ve been to enough to know decently well, but then, someone questioned whether that was a good idea. Now, I’m not sure. This feels a bit silly, but I’m basically going … More Real City or Made-up City?
In Born Not Made (working title), magic users conceal themselves in modern society or face the risk of being imprisoned and “studied.” The most common magic types are witches, detector talents, and weres (shifters). There are also varieties of the undead that can be created through combining murder and magic, and the characters learn the … More Chapter 2 Excerpt: Born Not Made
Arguments are the sort of thing that happens when you’re upset or confused, right? They don’t rely on logic because of that. So how do you write arguments when you’re not upset? (Believable ones) Writing Relationship Conflict: A Necessary Evil The hero and heroine have to argue at some point in a romance novel. Period. … More How Do You Write Arguments?
Do you read the quotes at the beginning of chapters? Or little excerpts? You know, the 1-2 lines or even a small paragraph up by the title of the chapter. The one that may or may not have anything to do with the story itself. Do you read those? Why I’m Asking I’m using little … More Quotes at the Beginning of Chapters (Help!)
I work from home right now, so at first, I thought, “Hey, I already have a desk set up. This will be perfect for writing!” I mean, why would I need a dedicated writing space separate from that? Turns out, there are some pretty good reasons. Why I Need to Write Somewhere Else 1. Leaving … More I Need a Dedicated Writing Space