Category Archives: Writing

Looking back at 2015: Favorite books and more

It’s that time of year when you realize that yes, a whole year did pass that quickly! Whew, where did the time go? The answer–at least my answer–is in this post, including the best 8 novels I read this year. … Continue reading

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Top 5 board games for writers

That’s right, a blog post that combines two of my favorite pastimes—board games and fiction writing! Why should you play board games as a writer? Because it’s terribly fun! And you might learn something about writing while you’re at it. … Continue reading

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Possession first draft complete–and some nerdy writing statistics

Yesterday, I typed the magic words on Possession–“The End”! 🙂 It hasn’t quite sunk in that it’s finished yet, but I’m happy to report that I celebrated with some very nice strawberries, dark chocolate and cookies. Yum! Now, for some … Continue reading

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Gorgeous characters

It struck me the other day just how many characters in books are gorgeous and I got to wondering why that is. Beauty is very rarely a key ingredient in the plot, after all, and the characters could often go … Continue reading

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Likable characters don’t need to be nice

I recently watched the hilarious movie Thank you for smoking, the 2005 satirical film about a tobacco industry lobbyist, and I got to thinking about the common writer advice to create likable characters. ‘Likable’ is, I think, kind of a … Continue reading

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From pantsing to plotting

I’ve always been a pantser, sometimes called a discovery-writer, which means I get some kernel of an idea and then I just write my way forward from there. It’s like reading a book, only I happen to be writing it … Continue reading

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Zier worldbuilding fun

This month, I’m prepping for writing the first draft of Possession–my fantasy novel about a dying woman who who tries to take control of another guy’s body to survive. I’ve got a whole bunch of experimental scenes written, but the whole … Continue reading

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When something’s got to give

Lately, I’ve been kind of quiet online. Or maybe it’d be more accurate to say I seemed to have fallen off the face of the Earth. 🙂 Where have I been and what have I been doing? I’m afraid the … Continue reading

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When writing is like parachuting

I’m a pantser, or organic writer, which means I throw myself into each new book without an outline or a plan, just the kernel of an idea. Basically, I throw myself out of the plane and hope there’ll be a … Continue reading

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Magic systems–fun and headache

A friend of mine always says, whenever you invent a magic system, give it to a bunch of gamers–they’ll soon find the weak spots and explore them endlessly. 😀 The thing is, it’s plain hard to trace all the possible … Continue reading

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