by Carla Hoch publisher's synopsis Whether a side-street skirmish or an all-out war, fight scenes bring action to the pages of every kind of fiction. But a poorly done or unbelievable fight scene can ruin a great book in an instant. In Fight Write you'll learn practical tips, terminology, and the science behind crafting realistic fight scenes… Continue reading Writing Resource: Fight Write
Writing Takes Time
A while ago, I was talking with my boss about how I’m a writer, and said that writing is a long game career. And it really is.Writing a first draft takes time. Editing takes time. Honing your craft takes time. Querying takes time. Getting a contract takes time. Formatting, cover design, getting endorsements, marketing—it all… Continue reading Writing Takes Time
Writing Resource: Stories are Soul Food
I have a podcast recommendation for you! A while ago, I found the Stories Are Soul Food podcast hosted by author N. D. Wilson and editor Brian Kohl. And I love listening to it. N. D. and Brian have fantastic thoughts about reading, writing, and how we think about books in general. To try and sum up the… Continue reading Writing Resource: Stories are Soul Food
Dealing with Critique
How do you take feedback?Let’s be honest—taking critique can be hard. Even well-meaning, honest critique can sting. So what do you do when you get your story back with red ink?Personally, I don’t look at it right away. I’ll let myself skin it super quickly to see the damage, but I don’t really read anything.… Continue reading Dealing with Critique
I haven't done a writing update on the blog for a while! Remember, if you want to stay up to date on my writing and get all the fun, exciting updates, subscribe to my monthly newsletter! But without further ado, here are some updates from the writing front! Brontide If you don't know, Brontide is… Continue reading Writing Updates!
Want to know about my writing?
At one point, I did writing recaps on my blog. However, for a while now, I've just been doing them for my newsletter subscribers. So, if you want to stay up to date about all the fun writing stuff I've got going on, and be the first to hear about any exciting news, make sure… Continue reading Want to know about my writing?
Dealing with Plot Bunnies
Do you struggle with plot bunnies?I do. 😅 New story ideas love to pop into my head all the time. Some are better than others, of course. But frequently getting new story ideas means that I have to fight to stay focused on my current WIP. Here are some of the ways that I deal… Continue reading Dealing with Plot Bunnies
Your Words Have Power
Your words carry weight. We all know the phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” And what do pens do? They write words. Words, both spoken and written, have power. They can build up. They can tear down. They can encourage and inspire. They can depress and crush us. Don’t underestimate the power of… Continue reading Your Words Have Power
Write Knowing that You’ll Edit
What is a piece of writing advice that you love? I don’t know if someone actually said this, or if it is something I can up with, or if it’s a combination of advice, but one piece of advice that I find especially freeing for me in writing is this: Write knowing you’re going to… Continue reading Write Knowing that You’ll Edit
_____ Is Hard
Recently, I finished my first read-through of Brontide and started my first round of content (big picture) edits. Today, I hit the "I can't do this" wall. The problems feel overwhelming. I'm not sure if any of my ideas of how to fix them are any good. At my current speed, it seems like I'll… Continue reading _____ Is Hard