Two Guns (Run Rabbit Run book 2) Coming November 20th Dr. Creighton’s classroom was through the cafeteria, down a hall, through an outdoor corridor, and in an entirely separate building from the rest of the school. The acrid smell of chemicals and smoke indicated that building was strictly used for the science classes. The classroom … Continue reading Sample: Two Guns (Run Rabbit Run book 2)
A question I see commonly from fledgling writers in groups and forums is "How long should my [WIP] be?" with [WIP] being a novel, short story, or something in between, or an amorphous piece that is still in development. Although there are established lengths factoring genre and target audience, these are really only loose guidelines, … Continue reading How Long Should My Novel Be?
Although fantasy was my first literary love, I never tackled it as an adult, too distracted by contemporary thrillers and historical romances. Then, quite suddenly as I was reading Stephen King's It, I was struck by an amazing idea for a YA dark fantasy. As I dig my teeth in deeper, here are some tips for creating … Continue reading 3 Tips for Better Worldbuilding
I posed a question to writers and readers on Twitter, Facebook, and in real life: As a reader, what plots/characters/themes/tropes would you like to see MORE of? I got some really cool responses! The most common replies were overwhelmingly: better representation for LGBQT characters fewer coming out stories non-tragic characters less romantic plot lines more … Continue reading What Readers Want MORE Of…
With a few fearless exceptions, most writers have that one story tickling the back of their minds or that one genre they are afraid to tackle. This could be because of the emotional weight of the story, the style which they want to tell the story, or the many requirements of the genre. For example, … Continue reading Where Writers Fear to Tread
Like our beloved (or problematic fav) JK Rowling, I am not planning on making any secret of my pen name. I'm planning to write my romances (mostly historical) under the pen name Anna Lillian Wade. My first publication under this name is a short story entitled Mathematical Kisses. I came up with this concept while … Continue reading Anna Lillian Wade’s Mathematical Kisses
I understand that many of you are in a serious, committed relationship with pantsing--or writing from the seat of your pants--but hear me out! Even reformed pantsers report that outlining, even just a little, significantly improves writing speed and consistency (that means fewer bouts of the deaded writer's block). So consider experimenting a bit. Fraternize … Continue reading Outline to Avoid Plot Holes