#5onFri: Five Books to Kickstart 2022

#5onFri: ​​Five Books to Kickstart 2022

Happy January, word nerds! I hope that over the holidays you were able to spend some serious time curling up with a good book and beverage of your choice. Now that it’s 2022, it’s time for you to write the read which will compel your readers to do the same. Today I am recommending five… Read more »

No Really. Show. Don't Tell.

No Really. Show. Don’t Tell.

We’ve all heard that old advice, show, don’t tell. It is often repeated like a complete thought. It encapsulates the idea that showing the reader what’s important through the events of the story is a far more engaging method of storytelling than telling the reader what’s essential. In a work written for commercial markets, the… Read more »


Where to Start with Historical Fiction

Some may look at this title and wonder, “Isn’t that a topic that applies to most any author in most any genre?” And they would be correct. Yet for those of us who write historical fiction, the question of “where to start” can, at times, feel a bit daunting. After all, we have five thousand… Read more »


Bring Coziness to Winter Writing with Hygge

In the winter months, it can be a challenge to find the motivation to write. The landscape in many places has little variation in a monochromatic palette of grays and whites. It is hard to get out of bed before the sun rises to get in some quality writing time. But the joyful practice of… Read more »

How to Balance Your Fiction Writing with Writing for Pay

How to Balance Your Fiction Writing with Writing for Pay

For many fiction and nonfiction writers, words are their whole life. But there are those who take it to extremes. When not typing away at their epic battles, romantic encounters, or lists of how-to’s, they’re working daylight hours at paid blogging, copywriting, and other word-involved jobs. Writing can be difficult, and we all need breaks… Read more »