Top 5 Lessons From Bad Writer

I have an alter-ego on Twitter. Her name is Bad Writer. She doesn’t have a million followers or viral tweets or anything like that. She exists merely to be the public face of my sarcastic side. And since I talk to writers a lot on Twitter, she focuses on writing. Since her creation in July,…

What’s the Key to an Engaging Story?

Last week, my fifth-grade reading group and I finished a classic novel. I’m not going to say which one it was because I’m not going to say very nice things about it. The story itself was fine. It followed a classic narrative structure and was occasionally gripping. The problem was… Well, it was boring in…

5 Reasons To Write For An Anthology

Tomorrow is the official release day for The Box Under The Bed, the scary anthology I am honored to say my work is a part of. Months ago, when Dan first announced the idea of creating an anthology, I was on the fence. I was working on my own book, running my own social media,…

The First Thing I Wrote

I participate in a Twitter chat called #TweepWriter. It’s a community where writers answer a different question every day throughout the month. Today was day 20, so this was the question: What was the first thing (poem, short story, book, blog post, etc) you ever wrote about? I think I misunderstood the question because I…

Is Writer’s Block A Real Thing?

I saw an interesting image on Facebook this morning. I’ve been chewing on it all day and decided maybe “The Block” is reserved for creative pursuits – creating something from nothing can go off the rails sometimes. Are Painter’s Block and Quilter’s Block a thing? Allow me to offer my answer with a little story.…

Where Writers Get Stuck: Marketing

Before I get started on today’s topic, I want to express a huge thank you to everyone who supported my fundraiser for Houston disaster relief or gave directly to an organization that will help people in need. We are seeing the best of America coming through every day, and if there’s a silver lining to…

Where Writers Get Stuck: Querying and Publishing

Welcome to Part 4 of our blogging mini-series on where writers get stuck, which launched after I ran this poll on Twitter. The results were close enough that I decided to spend time on each one, in addition to a Super Secret Place Writers Get Stuck That’s So Super Secret I Didn’t Put It On…