I love mind maps. Countless times have they helped me figure out ideas that I was struggling with. Here are a few ways that you can use mind maps: Details for your story: this is the biggest one. I've used many mind maps to help me to discover detail about my story without feeling like… Continue reading Mind Mapping for Writers
Writing is hard. It is. Not because writing something is hard, because technically everyone can write something. Not because coming up with good ideas is hard, because all kinds of people (extraordinary and not so extraordinary) can come up with ideas everyday. No, writing is hard because: Discipline - it takes discipline to sit with… Continue reading Why Writing is Hard
By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I've been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it's not the same as 5 years… Continue reading What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?
*Here is MY advice on how you can become a writer, too. In no way is this the ONLY way to becoming a writer...* Write…a lot and often The only way to be a writer is to write. Even if you do nothing else on this list, you need to write. Writers write. If you… Continue reading How to Become a Writer (Beginner’s Guide)
I just want to say something after a comment I received from a reader that has unsettled me a little. I do think this person may be a bit of a troll because what they said didn't seem warranted for the post they posted on, but never the less, I feel I need to say… Continue reading Disclaimer and Apology…
I have quite a few things in my life that are "boring" to do, but nonetheless, they need to be done. We all have those tasks, right? For me, it's writing pieces that aren't in my niche (topics that I love) and editing my writing extensively - these are my biggest boring tasks that I… Continue reading How to Do a Boring Task Effectively
I'll start with "Ash Born". Anyone who has followed my journey or known me for a while should have heard of "Ash Born" at least once. If not, I really have failed it. Ash Born is the first book I ever published, well, it wasn't always known by this name.