It’s That Time of Year Again!

I’ve gotten my calendar for next year (two, actually, I couldn’t decide!) and have begun the planning process for the new year. I always keep a physical calendar in addition to my Google calendar. I find it easier to organize my life and productivity that way. Very...

Do you really need a series bible?

If you write a series—and most authors do now—you need a series bible. And sadly, the best time to start creating one is while you’re writing the first book. Naturally, I only realized this while I was writing my third series. I immediately began keeping...

Dialogue vs. Action Tags

“Come with me,” she said softly before spinning away, her long hair fanning out as she did so. “Come with me.” She crooked her finger before spinning on her heel, her long hair fanning out as she did so, and sauntered away. Which engages you more? Which one paints a...

Story Structure Revisited

There are so many different types of story structure. and they have anywhere from three parts to six, twenty-four, or more. I happen to be fascinated by story structure. It’s a fundamental piece of writing fiction—and can be used for nonfiction as well. Story...