#5onFri: Five Things Pixar Teaches about Cause and Effect

#5onFri: Five Things Pixar Teaches about Cause and Effect

I’m going to admit it: I fell hard for Pixar.   It was the original Toy Story that punched me in the heart first; the nostalgia and sweet characters, blended with a lifelike style of animation I’d never seen before. I then dove headfirst into their collection of short movies, many of which I showed over… Read more »

Writing a Young Adult Thriller? Then Read These Books!

Writing a Young Adult Thriller? Then Read These Books!

My author dreams began with my obsession with reading. I’m a book fangirl at heart, so it won’t come as a surprise that I love the Reading with Purpose tenet of DIY MFA (side note: I really love all three tenets, but reading will always hold a little edge on the others).  When I first… Read more »

Romance Writing Trends for 2023

Romance Writing Trends for 2023

Researching tidbits of information before creating a new romance novel is like unopened presents waiting to reveal hidden treasures. Thorough research can uncover behind-the-scenes goodies and historical secrets that turn a yawner story into a can’t-put-it-down page-turner. My vivid imagination takes me on a research mission, listening for ghost-like whispers in a closet and the… Read more »

When Should I Start Editing?

When Should I Start Editing?

A while back, I talked about the separation between writing and editing. Writing is a process of accumulation, while editing is a process of curation. It is difficult and often inefficient to complete both of these tasks at the same time. But how do we know when to stop writing and start editing? Is it… Read more »

Leisure Learning, December 2022

Leisure Learning, December 2022

Only a few more days til 2023! With Covid largely behind us, 2023 means we can get back out there and live fully. We can do research at destinations we’ve had on our lists for years! In the spirit of kicking off the new year, my December 2022 leisure learning recommendations are designed to set… Read more »

#5onFri: Turning Your Story into a Film

#5onFri: Five Steps for Turning Your Story into a Film

I posted previously about how a writing friend and I made a script from a short story for a Halloween film contest. Today’s post is a little more in-depth on the process of taking a short story and turning it into a film. Our short film ultimately took second place in the contest. You can… Read more »

Book Cover Trends Heading into 2023

Book Cover Trends Heading into 2023

Have you noticed book covers stepping up their game? If so, you’re right! These trends make today’s annual book cover review extra exciting.  To provide some background, much of my professional life has been spent studying trends and foresight (I’ve also worked in marketing, strategy, competitive intelligence, digital, and more…stories for another time!) At its… Read more »