inner critic

#5onFri: Five Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

Early in my writing career, I won second place for a short story, “When We Leave Here” in a contest sponsored by the Wyoming Writers Association.  Encouraged by that recognition, I submitted the first chapter of a novel I’d started to a published author at the conference. After being told “Never start a story with someone… Read more »

writing love scenes

#5onFri: Five Tips for Writing Love Scenes

The thought of writing love scenes sends many authors running for the hills, but love scenes are my favorite scenes to write. It’s a chance for two characters who have spent a good chunk of the story pining for each other and bantering to take things to the next level physically.  Here are five tips… Read more »

write sex that sells

Making Love to the Page: How to Write Sex that Sells!

When I published my first erotica in 2015, I quickly realized there was still a certain level of judgment related to the genre. Sure, we had come far thanks to trailblazers such as Zane, EL James, and Noire (to name a few), but there was an overarching stigma present that the literary community was afraid… Read more »

time skip

#5onFri: Five Ways to Ace a Time Skip in Your Writing

A well-written story is a well-paced story. It is in the rhythm and flow of events that readers find themselves on a heart-thumping adventure with the characters. And there are only a few stories that occur during an uninterrupted, brief period. Most, however, are spaced out in a span of days, weeks, months, or years…. Read more »

time travel

Time Travel: When Sci-Fi Meets Historical Fiction

Not long ago, I worked on a copyediting project in which the story included time travel, a narrative element straight out of science fiction. As I worked my way through the manuscript, in which the characters were searching for a way to survive a dystopian future and decided their best option was to live in… Read more »

cli-fi

How to Write a Cli-Fi Novel

I didn’t set out to write a cli-fi novel and yet, I’ve written two literary cli-fi novels (that is, novels about climate change) released within two years of each other. What if Spring Never Came Back? When I started writing my novel Road Out of Winter, I had had a dream: an image of two… Read more »

organize a collection

The Poet’s Toolbox: How to Organize a Collection

Welcome back, poets! In my last article, I talked about some of the techniques I use to generate ideas and inspiration for poems, especially when on a deadline. Today, I want to take things a step further and talk about what to do after you’ve written and revised a bunch of poems, and are ready… Read more »

collaborative storytelling

Creating Characters Using Collaborative Storytelling

Writing may seem like a solitary practice, but writers have made use of writer’s groups and feedback circles for a long time. There is incalculable value in receiving outside input about your writing. Other people can see things about your writing that you may be blind to. However, writers’ groups can only critique the work… Read more »