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 →


NaNoWriMo is Over. Now What?

Congratulations! You did it. You participated in NaNoWriMo, and now you have a novel, or part of one, to show for it. Even if your word count didn’t make it to 50k, even if you only wrote 500 words, you wrote something. And that’s an achievement. Now what? You’ve got this … Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo – The Day After

It’s Over! We Made It! …right? Whew. Just…whew. This month was a doozy. Illness, houseguests, a holiday…and a nearly impossible goal. How did you do? Did you draft 50k? 30k?  ONE MILLION THOUSAND WORDS? Whatever you accomplished, I am so proud of you! Writing is a terrifying adventure, and I … 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 →


NaNoWriMo: Avoiding Mid-Month Burnout

  Around this time every November, I get a little tired. A little worn. A little SICK of my story. Netflix starts calling my name. My brain goes fuzzy and will to keep going weakens. Family starts coming into town early for the Thanksgiving holiday. I have baking to do and … Continue Reading →