I’m thrilled to welcome Liv Rancourt back to my blog in this installment of Pen to Pen, a series of guest posts by authors about all aspects of writing. Here, she talks about plotting versus pantsing—that is, do you plan your story ahead of time, or discover what will happen as you write? …Read more
I got to visit one of my favorite exhibits at one of my favorite museums this week: Bone Hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. And what better to focus on this trip than the baculum, aka the penis bone, an actual bone that appears in the penises of many actual animals—just not in humans. …Read more
Every year, people around the world announce their intention to write a novel in one month. You could be one of them! Here’s how to win NaNoWriMo. …Read more
I was a guest on sci-fi/fantasy author J. Scott Coatsworth’s blog yesterday. Check it out to discover which translation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid soundtrack is my favorite, what my very first piece of fiction was about, how being a reporter helped me as a fiction writer, and things I’m working on now. It also features an excerpt from “The Cave,” my story in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem. …Read more
It’s important not to sign any offer that a publisher sends you. M Pepper Langlinais was here on Tuesday talking about how to evaluate a small publisher based on its books, online presence, and marketing efforts. Now she’s back to talk about the legal stuff: contract terms.
In this week’s Pen to Pen column, author Sarah Hadley Brook tells of her entry into publishing later in life and the challenges of fitting her second career into an already busy schedule. It’s advice we can all benefit from, whether we’re new to writing or have been publishing for a long time. …Read more
Genre author Nicki J. Marcus has some great advice for fiction writers on stepping back from your inner critic and assessing your work objectively. …Read more
Guest author Sonni de Soto argues that the key to success is to publishing success is emphasizing what makes you different. Sell based on what makes you special. Your stories are one-of-a-kind, and that’s what readers are looking for. …Read more