Your Best Writing Goal Based on Your Enneagram Number

Your Best Writing Goal Based on Your Enneagram Number

One of the first things I ask a writer I’m working with is, “When do you want to be done with your book?” Sometimes people have a definite answer: “This year.” Sometimes they look at me and go, “Uhhh…”. The answer depends, of course, on how quickly they write, how much time they have to… Read more »

Kid Lit Craft: Interview with Heather Mateus Sappenfield

Kid Lit Craft: Interview with Heather Mateus Sappenfield

Hello, fellow kid lit writers! This week I have another interview to share with you from the wonderful author Heather Mateus Sappenfield.  About Heather Mateus Sappenfield Heather Mateus Sappenfield loves adventures, especially in the Rocky Mountain landscape that’s been her lifelong home. As part of women’s teams, she’s won 24-hour mountain bike races and road… Read more »

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 »