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Ten of my favorite character names

I had a whole post planned around things I like in names and name creation but then life happened and I only had four things written by the deadline. 473 more words

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Book Contract Signed — Now, to The Writing

I’ve just signed a contract with Adventure Publications (external link). They’re the leading guidebook publisher in the United States. The working title is “A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest.” 375 more words

What I Learned

Last Saturday the Sisters and Misters of Central Coast Sisters in Crime launched their inaugural one day conference for writers and would-be writers, Writers In Action… 605 more words

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Don’t Write X

A couple of months back, I did a post about taste. But when I did it I was thinking more about readers than writers. Now, I don’t talk about this much, but I do actually write a lot… 1,217 more words


It's 2018, But Are Our "Strong" Female Characters Good Enough?

With the Time’s Up movement running hot and heavy, YA and fiction in general has changed a lot over the past few years. Now we’re seeing LGBT+ main characters, people of colour being featured lots more in larger roles, and we’re finally starting to realise that women are bloody fantastic in leading roles *cough* Wonder Woman *cough*. 766 more words


Feeling Like You Absolutely, Definitely, Simply MUST Do Something

Schedules are the burden of my life. I hate them.

Why must I write chapter 13 on Friday 25th? What if my characters want a lay in and don’t want to tell their story? 616 more words


Writer's Block

Some people don’t believe in writer’s block. I do think that blindly throwing up your hands and declaring that you just can’t write seems a little melodramatic and unproductive, but I think completely discounting creative blocks puts too much blame on the creator themselves. 422 more words

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