Criticism as a Fiction Writer: How to Listen, Learn and Grow
No one is born a great fiction writer. It takes time, practice and a lot of hard work to hone your skills and create stories that resonate with readers. Along the way, you will receive feedback - both positive and negative. How you handle that criticism can make or...
A Pantser and a Plotter Walk Into a Bar…And the Pantser Learns a Lesson

For months, that’s how I wrote my first book, and then my second book. Some days the words were like a thundering river, literally gushing onto the pages. Other days, it was more like a seasonal creek in the middle of a long drought. I was lucky if two coherent words trickled out. Mostly, I ended up just looking at a blank page. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was a Pantser.

Twist Villains: Hate them, love them, write them right.
Okay, so controversy in the writing world apparently means twists! Today, I want to address a character trope that's often said with a pointed eye roll: twist villains. I'm sure you know the type (anything by M. Night Shymalan). But here's the thing! This director...
Deleting a Draft: Don’t be afraid to make the cut
Upon request, I'm going to talk about deleting a draft. First draft, second draft, "final draft"... when you realize that it's not working, when you toy with the idea of delete, when should you do it? How can you do it? When you know you have to make the cut While...

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A Pantser and a Plotter Walk Into a Bar…And the Pantser Learns a Lesson

For months, that’s how I wrote my first book, and then my second book. Some days the words were like a thundering river, literally gushing onto the pages. Other days, it was more like a seasonal creek in the middle of a long drought. I was lucky if two coherent words trickled out. Mostly, I ended up just looking at a blank page. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was a Pantser.