Plotting, for Pantsers

Welcome to the 2018 #AuthorToolboxBlogHop and my first post for the hop! Come join in and post useful, helpful or interesting things for other authors. This blog hop is the brainchild of Raimey Gallant and you can sign up on her website. By inclination I'm a Pantser (Pantsers, Pantsers, Oi, Oi, Oi!) (That's our motto) (I just [...]

No Filter

Did you know there's such a thing as "filter words" when writing? I did not, but now thanks to the Tunnel of Rejection that was 2017, I do. In the course of a) submitting my manuscripts to RWA contests for judging and b) having my bits chopped off by the Axe of Editing the awesome [...]

Instagram For Authors: Using Hashtags

Let's start off the new year with some good, practical, social media stuff. Yay!  You can refer back to my Instagram For Authors post if you want to refresh yourself on the basics. For now, I'm going to assume that you've at least clicked around on some social media and have seen hashtags, even if you don't [...]

Rejected Book Titles

So self-publishing is a thing, which is awesome. The author has total control over content, editing, cover art and titles. Like every great power, though, this is one that has to be used responsibly. When it comes to titles, this power is sometimes *too* mighty. Look, I know titles are hard but there are certain [...]

Writing the Good Bad Boy

The Brooding Bad Boy* as a trope (otherwise known as Damaged With a Heart of Gold, Alpha Male, or Redeemed Rake, depending on what time period you're writing) seems to be huge, ESPECIALLY in YA literature right now. Dark romance and angst as a plot line are trending, which means the Bad Boys are everywhere. [...]

A (Short) Synopsis of “On Writing”

People forget sometimes that King was in fact a High School English teacher for several years while he wrote Rage, The Long Walk, and Carrie during his spare time. I think that teaching urge has never really left him, and On Writing is the result. You still have to go buy the book yourself if you want to know all the [...]