Self-Editing Tip #8: Dialogue Tags Don’t Need All the Action

We all know dialogue is extremely important in fiction, and writing it correctly can make or break a piece of writing (see Self-Editing Tip #5). Once we have the mechanics of dialogue punctuation and paragraphing down, the next step is to review dialogue tags and action tags. A tag, in fiction, is any piece of narrative that… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #7: Variety is Key (Even with Sentence Structure)

Sentence structure is one of the elements I believe make up an author’s narrative voice—their style, if you will. And as we see over and over again, each author clearly has their individual preferences when it comes to how they structure their sentences. Long, flowing, and wordy. Short, choppy, and to the point. A mix… Read More

Interview with Author Don M. Forst

Today I’m interviewing Don Forst, another client of mine who came to me with his third novel, The Replacement Conspiracy, after having written a super entertaining two-part series: The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh and The Return of Vincent Van Gogh. I loved working with Don, who is also an Expressionist painter, and wanted to share a little bit about his most… Read More

CWC’s Project #3: Ark

I’m so excited this month to be able to talk about CWC’s third collaboration, Ark, the Sci-Fi Adventure I coordinated myself since June of last year. As CWC’s first two projects The Concierge and Ambition were more Suspense-Romance novels, Ark is definitely a break from the mold. I also think its success, during the writing process, opened up a… Read More

Interview with Author E.C. Jarvis

As I love to do with all my clients, and even Indie Author friends whose books I absolutely adore, I’m bringing you an interview this week with E.C. Jarvis, author of The Blood and Destiny Series and The Consort’s Chronicles Series. Her first book, The Machine: Book one of The Blood and Destiny Series, was… Read More

Being Your Own Boss: You Do All the Work and You Don’t Get Fired

For years, I’d thought I never wanted to work for myself because I didn’t enjoy what all that responsibility looked like. No one to tell me what to do, no motivation not to mess up, putting all my eggs in one basket. Yes, sadly, I thought I preferred the dredges of working somewhere I didn’t particularly… Read More

How to Thank Your Readers Without Living to Please Them

This is kind of a sore subject for writers, I know. I feel it nagging just beneath my skin myself when I get a comment from someone about something they “didn’t like”. We put so much of ourselves into our work – so much energy, focus, love, frustration, and force – that it’s hard not to take… Read More

The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year (late)! It’s 2016, and I’m already amazed by all the things this year has in store, both for me and for all the amazing people I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know in 2015. My husband and I were so lucky to be able to spend the last week of the year… Read More

Release of ‘Ambition’: CWC’s Second Novel

I realize it’s been some time since I’ve written about my work with Collaborative Writing Challenge, and I thought today would be the perfect time, seeing as ‘Ambition’ has just be released! My work with CWC as Story Coordinator for our third project, a Sci-Fi adventure titled ‘Ark’, and as Chief Editor for all the… Read More

Adding Levity Versus Writing Comedy

I had a wonderful conversation today with one of my very good writer friends, who just so happens to also write dark fiction. Coincidentally, both of our works in progress are Dystopian Sci-Fi, although his runs in more of the YA vein. One of the highlights of this conversation was talking about how to incorporate… Read More