The Myth of the Miserable Writer

When I was at school, I was friends with Writers™, and they were miserable. The agony of having no inspiration! The torment of being an Artist™ in an uncaring world! The sheer indignity of a life surrounded by lay people who did not understand the pain and passion of the artistic life! Have I mentioned […]

I Believe in a Thing Called Love is Bascially Candyfloss

I’m pretty sure I heard about I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Maurene Goo) through Goodreads, a site that I’m on but, like, don’t really know how to use. (Seriously, how does that website work? What am I supposed to do with it? How do I use it to make book friends? Please advise.) I […]

5 Places to Find Last Names for Your Characters

Finding a first name for your character is easy-peasy squeezy lemon. There are a literal billion baby name websites out there. Last names, though? That’s…a little more complicated. There’s something about having to choose a last name that makes me freeze up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given a character the name […]

November 2017 Writing Prompts (and Some NaNoWriMo Joy)

November is upon us, my friends, and that means it’s time for NaNoWriMo. What is NaNoWriMo, you (probably aren’t) ask(ing because you’ve done it a million times before but just bear with me)? THE H*CKIN’ BEST THING EVER. National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is…well, exactly what it sounds like. You write a 50,000-word novel in a […]