Category: For Writers

My Second Draft Checklist

As I dive into my second draft for Lamentation this week, I wanted to take a quick moment to share my little scene-by-scene checklist. Second drafts are my favorite. It’s the part of the process where I take my mess

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Polish Your Prose

When I began edits on Division, my first book, I had no idea where to begin. I can distinctly recall how overwhelmed I felt, how uncertain. Now, however, I love editing. First drafts are the most difficult for me, second

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My Pre-Writing Exercise: Blocking out the Scene

I am not a fast writer. To my readers who have been waiting such a long time for my third book (Sorry! Sorry! It’s coming!), this is probably painfully obvious. I’ll likely never be the speediest of writers—I won’t be

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Stories Come Together: A Tip For Fixing Plot Problems

Stories come together. This is something I believe.  I believe it, not because I have faith in myself as some kind of innate-novel-crafting master, and not because of any fairy-fiction magic (the book isn’t alive; it doesn’t craft itself). Stories

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Use Travel to Inspire Fictional Settings

I’ve written about how wonderful travel is for writers before (here), but I’ve been wanting to address more specifically how I try to inform my fictional settings with the texture and wonder of real places I’ve been. A big part

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Demonstration of Duet Display: How I Use My iPad When Writing

I’ve been saying for ages that I want to take a crack at vlogging, but I’ve been dragging my feet about it–mostly because of my rather spectacular degree of awkwardness on camera. However, I’ve been head over heels for this

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I took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Write Better Fight Scenes…and Fell in Love

I’ve always been fascinated by marital arts (a fact surprising to none of my readers, I’m betting). Growing up, I watched my dad moving through his Kung Fu forms in our living room, and I developed a great appreciation not just for

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Aeon Timeline

When I finished my first draft of Elevation of the Marked, I knew that I had some major timeline problems, that my chronology was, at best, a bit off, at worst, an illogical tangle. This problem was inevitable, I suppose,

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On Writing Good Dialogue

Good Dialogue–it’s the difference between:  “Look, Your Worshipfulness, let’s get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me” And:  “I wish that I could just wish away my feelings.” (Ugh. I wish that I could wish away

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My Gripe with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (And Godzilla. And Pacific Rim. And—ok, you get the idea)

I was excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which was perhaps my first mistake. I should stop having high expectations for blockbusters, as they are almost never realized. Still, I remember very much enjoying the first installment

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