Cosplay Tips from an Outside Observer

I just finished up my fifth convention, the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. I go as an author to sign…

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How to Tell If Your First Novel is Your Practice Novel

One negative side effect from the self-publishing revolution is the tendency of aspiring novelists to rush their development process. They…

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Showing vs. Telling – When It’s Okay to Tell

We’ve all heard the rule: “Show Don’t Tell.” Sometimes newer writers get confused about this rule. They’ll read a novel…

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The Pros and Cons of Critique Groups

There’s some debate about the merit of critique groups, especially for novelists aspiring to write at a professional level. Some…

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5 Ways to Banish Writer’s Block

I don’t really believe in writer’s block. Perhaps it’s the words I quibble with. “Writer’s block” makes it sound like…

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My Dysfunctional Loyalty to Books and a Resolution to be Ruthless

I have a problem. I’ve been aware of it for a while, and have tried to correct it on my…

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5 Great Quotes from an Evening with Markus Zusak

I recently had the privilege of attending The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations with Markus Zusak. The Book Thief is one…

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Do You Make These Mistakes When Naming Characters?

We authors have to work hard to make our stories transcend the words on the page and become tangible entities…

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Do You REALLY Have to Write Every Day?

We’ve all heard the advice: write every day. Heck, I’ve repeated that advice. But I’ll be honest. I don’t write…

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Nashua’s Choice Novella

Some of you have already read this short novella, but as I’ve done very little with this story in terms…

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