Brothers-In-Arms Cover Reveal!

It feels like the season of cover reveals and book tours lately, which is good for my book-loving appetite. 😉 Today's cover reveal comes from a wonderful author friend of mine, Jack Baillot. This goes outside my typical genre of fantasy and into another genre I'm beginning to love more and more: historical fiction! And … Continue reading Brothers-In-Arms Cover Reveal!

Haiku: Requiem

My haiku for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge–a fun activity and contest that is open for everyone to participate, and helps keep our creative writer’s mind active! This week’s words are: Water & Bard. I hope you enjoy; one serious and one just for fun. “Requiem” Water laps the moon In time to the bard’s soft voice, Mourning rain … Continue reading Haiku: Requiem

The Reader Problems Tag

A big thank you to Sara Letourneau for tagging me for this fun blog hop! I’m finally getting around to doing it, yes! I’ve been so wrapped up in editing and stuff that blog challenges fell to the side of my “to do” pile (eep!), but now I am going through them, and it’s so … Continue reading The Reader Problems Tag

Fishing for Answers: “elfman” or “elf man”

Sometimes a writer has questions to ask, and the best people to answer those questions are you! Fishing for Answers is where I will ask a question and then we debate about the answer in the comments below! We're looking for your advice and thoughts. Questions are about everything from writing, story creating, to publishing and author … Continue reading Fishing for Answers: “elfman” or “elf man”

Haikus: Keep Away From Bees

My haiku for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge, a fun activity and contest that is open for everyone to participate, and helps keep our creative writer’s mind active! This week’s words are: Source & Thought. I have 2 haikus this week! One very silly, and one more serious; I hope you enjoy them. “Keep Away From Bees” Whatever I … Continue reading Haikus: Keep Away From Bees

Cosmic Hunter: Tropical Killer Cake

My entry for this week’s #BlogBattle challenge by wonderful Rachael Ritchey, where the challenge is to write a short story based on that week’s chosen word. Visit the link to read more about it! Anyone can participate, and it’s a great way to hone one’s writing skills! This week’s word is: “Cosmic.” Enjoy! ~ The camera focuses before the reporter. “News Update! … Continue reading Cosmic Hunter: Tropical Killer Cake

Help! The Pace, It’s Too Fast!

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You’ve finished writing down your story; the rough draft is done! You go back and look things over, pleased with yourself, when you suddenly realize something’s not quite right. You look more closely, maybe even compare it with another story. You come to realize what’s been nagging at you: The pace of your story is … Continue reading Help! The Pace, It’s Too Fast!

Make Your Villains Real: 6 Tips

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Every great story needs a worthy villain. A person who brings out the best and the worst in the protagonist. The bad guy who keeps the plot moving forward, and keeps readers hanging on the edge of their seat. The dark monster contrasting the hero’s brilliant light! But it’s not as simple as that. There … Continue reading Make Your Villains Real: 6 Tips

How to Write Battle & Action Scenes: 5 Tips

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Epic battle scenes. Epic fights. We all love them, right? These are the exciting parts in the story where we cringe, squeal and goggle at the screen, while anxiously watching our favorite character to see if he/she will survive and how it will reshape them. The same goes for books: as we read through the … Continue reading How to Write Battle & Action Scenes: 5 Tips

Write the Hard Stuff: Part 1

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Write the Hard Stuff: Part 1 It sounds like a lot of work, right? It is, and in the end it's worth it! But let me begin by explaining what “writing the hard stuff” means: It's that which adds depth to your story and gets people engaged. Writing Fresh: Avoiding the cliché phrases, expressions and descriptions. Subtext: … Continue reading Write the Hard Stuff: Part 1