Writing Playlist: Songs of Strength

I recently attended a memorial service for someone gone far too soon. The loss of one so beloved, plus my friends, bereaved but staying strong, have inspired me to focus more closely on what matters in my life. I never took myself to be the sort of person who takes … Continue Reading →


Revising a Series: The Struggle

Revising a Series My current WIP is a five-book series. Five books! What was I thinking!! My initial idea was a trilogy, which is one of the most common ways of writing a YA fantasy story: Make it three! But as I was outlining, I wound up outlining five books. … Continue Reading →


Your Novel’s Middle: Keeping up the Momentum

The Deep Breath Before the Plunge The middle of your novel is arguably the most important. Sure, a sharp beginning and a high-impact ending really bring the project forward, but in the middle lies your symbolism, your climactic build-up, your character development–all of the things that make your novel resonate … Continue Reading →


The Lady Nerds Review: Novelize, the Online Writing Platform

Novelize: The Online Writing Platform Novelize is a writing interface that you didn’t know you needed. At least, that’s how it’s been with me. It’s light, clean, easy to use, and really fun. Just so we’re clear, I am a staunch supporter of Scrivener. It’s a software that I’ve used for years, … Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo Prep: Word Count Comfort

Is 50,000 words really a novel? There are some out there *points at self* who are concerned with the novel produced through the annual November writing marathon in terms of its word count–50,000 words is, in my view, kinda short in terms of being a novel. But is it really? I … Continue Reading →