About writing, About Writing, Learning the Craft, Lessons from Writers

3 Lessons From a Master Storyteller

I still remember the first time I heard about The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby. A friend and writing buddy recommended it and I decided to check it out and give it a try. It's taken me practice to truly grasp and properly apply the techniques Truby… Continue reading 3 Lessons From a Master Storyteller

About writing, Author Spotlight, Giveaway, VIP Circle

Author Spotlight & Giveaway: McKenzie Catron

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an aspiring author who interviews her writing heroes, must fangirl over said heroes. One of my dreams as a young girl was to become a makeup artist (true story). I eventually traded that dream for another one, but the fascination of transforming someone's body through art remained with… Continue reading Author Spotlight & Giveaway: McKenzie Catron

About Life, About writing, T-minus

Disneyland Turns Capable Adults Into The Walking Dead

First off, Happy New Year! For the past five days I’ve been lounging, sleeping in, and enjoying some relaxed fun with my family. Well deserved, too. After a full week of complete chaos, sick kiddos, sick husband, sick infant, hardly any sleep due to the sickness galore, a manuscript to finish, and a Disneyland trip… Continue reading Disneyland Turns Capable Adults Into The Walking Dead

About writing, Blog Post, T-minus

Pizza Power and The Massacre of The Machines

I am not embarrassed to admit that this week I seriously considered drowning my phone in the toilet. I nearly did, too. My computer crashed several times also, before it finally gave up the ghost, which made the window overlooking a precipice in the kitchen seem quite conveniently located. After a painstakingly arduous process I… Continue reading Pizza Power and The Massacre of The Machines

About Editing, About writing, About Writing, Character Development, T-minus

Deadlines, Skeletons, and Other Writing Maladies

So, it’s been roughly a week since my T-minus goal started (finishing my YA novel by December 31st). Granted, I’ve been working on the thing for about three years, so I’ve had quite a head start. But as you already know, I was tempted to drop the project when NaNoWriMo came along, which led me… Continue reading Deadlines, Skeletons, and Other Writing Maladies