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”
I struggle to write alone in my apartment. (My attention-piglet of a cat doesn't help.) I know many people who need to shut the rest of the world out to focus, but I write best when I'm around other people. Here are some suggestions for writing "socially":
Getting Traditionally Published is War: Since signing the contract and sharing my success with my writing friends, I sort of have survivor's guilt.
When writers pen their first poems, or create their first fantasy/scifi/horror/etc. characters and plots, they often sound cliche. To the friends and teachers of these beginning writers: don't be dicks about it.
I was so determined to write that scene then, the day of his departure, to prove I wasn't too overwrought. I wanted it to be a symbolic, ironic act, affirming that hadn't been the right relationship anyway
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.
malleate, verb Original definition: to beat or shape with a hammer Adapted use: as a less crude alternative to "hammer" or "pound" As a bonus, this word has a pleasant rhythm and sound When writing explicit content, how do we bridge the gap between crude/pornographic language and flowery euphemisms? I like some dirty talk, but … Continue reading New Erotic Vocabulary! malleate
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
When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.