March 13, 2017

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 of a first draft and turn it into a functioning novel. During the second draft,…

March 6, 2017

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 drafts are the most fun, and third drafts are…well, the most tedious, but also the…

January 3, 2017

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 come together, for me, because I have a process that works. And knowing this gives…

August 23, 2014

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 that whole movie.) Great dialogue can do so many things: characterize the speaker,…

July 1, 2013

“When characters are really alive, before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action.” ~ Luigi Pirandello I made one great mistake in the writing of my first novel (and, of course, it was fixable and I learned from it so I suppose it wasn’t that great). I let my characters…

June 6, 2013

It’s a wonderful feeling—completing that first draft of your very first novel. If you’re like me, you did a dorky happy dance, facebooked about it, then went out for celebratory drinks. But as that euphoria fades, the prospect of editing begins to rear its daunting head. Having never completed a novel before, I had no…