Rurik stopped and stared in awe. The runner was glorious, her breath unfurling though she hardly panted. Wavy red hair, as long as her waist, fluttered around her like a tattered cape, glittering with snow. The color was and radiant against the tundra. She was almost on top of him, but hadn’t spotted him yet, … Continue reading Teaser from “Gingerbread and the Fox”
When the heroine is forced to marry an anti-hero, but instead of hatching an elaborate but doomed escape plan, she recognizes running is not an option
As a writer, I'm a ruler-wielding, bespectacled School Mistress of Pain .... But once the books are out there, it's not as if I can rap readers' knuckles as they turn the pages.
I am the worst at predicting how many words my stories and novels will be When I decided on a plot concept for an anthology submission, I worried about making the 8,000 word minimum. Today, the day of the deadline, I had to cut 1,000 words to make the 15,000 word maximum. The story was … Continue reading Self-Destructive Underestimation
I used to flit from story idea to story idea like a stereotypical player hooking up with the next tight-skirted, doe-eyed co-ed who flirted by ... Feeling a bit like an addict trying to break a habit, I employed several tricks to hold myself accountable and stay focused:
Critical Editing Worksheet A novel is a biography on its characters and a historical, geographical, cultural outline of its universe. Is all the necessary information given to the readers? Download a PDF of this Worksheet INSTRUCTIONS While reading, highlight or take notes on the key facts Advanced: Differentiate between world-building facts, setting details, and character … Continue reading Studying a Novel like it’s a Textbook