Originally posted on The Cozy Quill:
If you’re anything like me, you love music. It helps me clear my head and think about something else after a long day or long week. It’s calming. Lyrics often describe an emotion we’re feeling perfectly and we resonate with it. We all have a favorite song or songs,…

            Oftentimes, a writer will find themselves stressing over the specific details of a character such as what they wear, what color shirts they prefer, what sort of car that they drive, their hair color, and all of the physical descriptions that you can think of. However, if you get […]

You Might as Well Plot It I admit it, before I hated outlining what I was going to write. Sometimes I still do. The reason is because as we write we come to the understanding that we typically flow away from the outline even if it does give us some sense of where we are going […]

It started out as just an idea to go stay in a cabin in the mountains or at the lake to get some writing done. From there, it evolved into our writing retreat. My two friends and I always talked about staying in a place to do this, but it had just been talk for […]

Sometimes with all of the hustle and bustle going on with life and all of the household chores that I constantly find myself doing, I have to say enough is enough and drag my butt out of the house to a different spot to write. As easy as that may sound as you picture yourself […]

Know Your Character Deeply in One Step: The Backdoor. This is an excellent blog post for those hard to get at characters that really need your attention. Check it out! Even if you think you have your character all figured out, this may surprise you. Take a look at theme, motivation, and ask yourself ‘why?’ […]

Writers are always told to write from experience, because that is where our best writing comes from, and that’s true. If we’ve ever lost someone that we love, it is easier for us to put that pain and healing onto the page for our beloved character. If we’ve ever won something or achieved something that […]

I’ve been to a lot of different book talks or author discussions and one of the most common questions that I’ve noticed that people ask is the “Where do you get your ideas?” whopper. But this isn’t really a bad question, is it? You want to write but you just can’t think of the right idea […]

Have you heard it? It’s the biggest secret of writing that everyone knows; read. You hear it from everyone, Stephen King included. In order to become a great writer you must read, read more, and then keep on reading. But as a writer I’ve discovered something that you’re not often told. Just how does reading help […]

The wonderfully talented Liz Carlton, author of “The Royal Rogue” invited me to join in on a blog tour a little while ago. This blog tour involves answering four questions about my writing process, so please enjoy! Elizabeth Carlton is a fantasy author from Naples, Florida. She began her career six years ago as a […]