March 2017

So, guess who reached a milestone in her writing life yesterday? I now have 90,755 words in my WIP and 97,668 in the giant Word document where I keep all the stuff that cut from my novel. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to the stuff I’ve written. I don’t really throw […]

10 Super-Unique Book That I Love

When you're looking for a really unique book to read next, try these hidden gems out.

This is part of The Broke and the Bookish‘s “Top Ten Tuesdays” meme. Uniqueness is basically the writer’s holy grail. We want unique plots, unique characters, unique conflicts, unique worlds, unique plot twists, unique writing styles…basically, we want everything we do to be one-of-a-kind. That’s a pretty unattainable goal, but luckily for us, a little uniqueness […]

Kill Your Darlings (But Don’t Bury Them)

It's the oldest piece of writing advice: Kill your darlings. But don't bury them just yet.

As writers, we’re very accustomed to two kinds of murder: the murder of characters, and the murder of amazing sentences and scenes that don’t advance the plot—aka “kill your darlings.” “Kill your darlings” means that you need to put quality over sentimentality. We’ve all written brilliant sentences that wound up not really helping our story, or […]

On My Shelf: Mistwalker

Saundra Mitchell's Mistwalker is honestly the best book I've read in years. A scrappy girl grapples with ghosts.

Mistwalker, by Saundra Mitchell, was so h*eckin’ good. There, I said it. Review over. Okay, not really. But after being totally blown away by the story, the prose, the imagery, and the characters, I just had to get that off my chest. What Mistwalker is about: All Willa Dixon wants is to be the next […]

10 Fandoms That I Didn’t Expect to Join

This is part of The Broke and the Bookish’s “Top Ten Tuesdays” meme. When it comes to fandoms, I definitely have a “type.” I like what I like, and I like to know what I’m going to get. I tend to not jump headfirst into new fandoms on purpose because I’m a little too aware of how […]