No Filter in Your Author Toolbox

This old post has been brushed up for this month's Author Toolbox Blog Hop, hosted and moderated by author Raimey Gallant. Authors at all stages of their writing/publishing journey are welcome to hop in and bring new ideas and tools. Did you know there are such things as "filter words" when writing? I did not [...]

Add Some Great First Lines to Your Author Toolbox

You know what's the hardest part of writing a book? Besides the writing and the outlining and the scene construction and editing and . . . okay . . . every other part. This bit is really the most intimidating, I promise. The hardest part is making yourself start. Prevailing advice, endless online articles, and [...]

Breaking Down a Romance Plot

This is an author toolbox post. To get in on the tips and resources yourself, head over to our host Raimey Gallant For this month's post, let's break down a well known romance plot to see where the story beats are going. This is an exercise I'd really recommend for authors of any genre. Take your [...]

10 Reasons Writers Are Creatures of the Night

We function best with darkened spaces. Like a desk, or a writing cave. 2. We're characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. When we can get away with it. 3. Highly developed sense of hearing means we pick up on and use the conversations we hear around us all the [...]

How to Survive the Querying Process; Or, Being a Stubborn Ball of Rock

Grit For this post we want the grit that means courage and resolve, or strength of character. The definition that is synonymous with bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, strength of will, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, determination, and tenacity. All of that sounds . . . well, amazing. MUCH better than refreshing your inbox for the sixth [...]

The Magic of Manuscript Rejections: Part 5

The Query ship sets sail again this week! In batches of three, my latest begging letter will be heading out to seas unknown, trying to lure me in an agent. My first three letters for 2018 have already garnered me three rejections. Here be monsters (if you define monsters as a vicious cycle of hope [...]