The Copyediting Checklist: A Recipe for Clean, Clear Writing

The Copyediting Checklist: A Recipe for Clean, Clear Writing

The Copyediting Checklist: A Recipe for Clean, Clear Writing  Copyediting is the final step of writing, the one that takes your manuscript from really good to almost perfect. A lot goes into a successful copyedit—it’s more than just a quick spell-check. Today, I’m introducing the copyediting checklist you need to polish a manuscript. What Is… Read more »

Worldly Wise: Create Your World in Six Questions

Worldly Wise: Create Your World in Six Questions

Hello, beautiful people on the internet! Welcome back to Worldly Wise where together we’re going to take the reins of your speculative fiction story and see it to the finishing line. Did any of the book recommendations from last time make it to your TBR Pile? If not, but you still want to explore the… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Ways Astrology Can Help You Write Your Novel

#5onFri: Five Ways Astrology Can Help You Write Your Novel

My first experience with astrology was probably like many of yours: reading a horoscope for my sun sign in a magazine. As a Virgo, my horoscopes were generally about being tidy and organized and not being so critical. Which, sure. I could 100% use that advice. But I’m more than a pathological organizer with a… Read more »

The Double-Edged Sword of Deadlines

The Double-Edged Sword of Deadlines

For the first time ever, an editor had accepted one of my pitches. And he just so happened to work at a lit mag of my dreams. I dashed off my reply, mentally adding this triumph to my author bio, then looked at my calendar. I’d agreed to send him a 2,000-word personal essay on… Read more »

Create Your Own Writing Space at Home

Create Your Own Writing Space at Home

Much has been said about the importance—or rather, the need—for a writer to have a room of her own. All the better (at least, in the 21st century), if the said room comes with a door that locks from the inside and with zero Internet connection. But what if you don’t have a spare bedroom… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Secondary Character Arcs to Strengthen Your Cast

#5onFri: Five Secondary Character Arcs to Strengthen Your Cast

If you’ve spent much time in the writing world, you’re probably familiar with the idea of character arcs. For those who are new to this term, character arcs are the internal transformations of your cast as they struggle to overcome major flaws or wounds—typically in the form of a positive,  negative, or flat arc. As… Read more »

Lighten Up: Injecting Humor to Relieve Narrative Tension

Lighten Up: Injecting Humor to Relieve Narrative Tension

I know I’m in trouble when I’m taking my work too seriously when I can’t find something to be amused by. I have written about some really unfunny things—addiction, cancer, death. My latest novel, An Upside-Down Sky, is set in Namyan, a Buddhist country modeled after Burma, which is a kissing cousin of North Korea… Read more »