Who raised your hero?

How to Figure Out Who Raised Your Hero (and Why You Need to Know)

Your characters didn’t appear the moment you write the first page. Just like in your own life, they were influenced by someone else—for good or ill. Understanding why your characters respond the way they do is crucial to character development, and knowing who influenced them is a key part of that.

It's all right to be a beginner

Arm Yourself: You’re Allowed to Be a Beginner

Bear with me. As I write this post, I’m more than a little mad. And I don’t mean “crazy,” either. I encountered a fellow the other day who spoke things so poisonous, so deadly to the creative mind, that I suspect he’s already left a battalion of writer-corpses in his wake.

And I’m not staying silent about it anymore.

Only You Can Tell Your Story

No One Can Tell Your Story But You

Writing is a strange thing, filled with emotional roller-coasters and storms and deserts. Who would ever put themselves willingly through this? Well, you (and me). Why? Because you have something to say. The only person who can tell your story is you.

Sunset outside our home in Phoenix

Miracle on Hedgehog Street

This is a long, personal post. You don’t have to read it! However, for those of you who’ve wondered what’s been going on over the past year, I figured it was finally time to explain more in-depth. Long story short: in 2015, my husband nearly died.

Typewriter

Why You Need to Write What Scares You

What would you write if you knew you couldn’t fail? I promise I’m not setting you up for failure. There is a very good reason I’m asking this question.

Confront Your Fears

Let’s Talk About Fear

According to last week‘s responses, failure is the number one fear that writers face. Maybe we should start by defining it.

How do villains justify THAT?

How Did They Justify THAT?

Why does this matter? Because if you’re not writing your villains with the awareness that in their head, they’re not the villain, you may be writing a flat, 2D character.

Why I Left Smashwords

I’ve made a scary Indie-pub decision: I’m leaving Smashwords. Let me break down precisely why.

Treasure the Little Moments

So this is a special Christmas. If there’s one thing this long, difficult year has taught me, treasure the time you have with your loved ones. Every moment really is special.

And the Winner Is….

Congratulations, everybody! I’ve clicked the button to generate winners, and I’m sending out the emails today. 🙂

14 Years Since

Bit of personal business here today, but it matters: This is the 14th anniversary of the accident that nearly killed my husband Duane.

GeekGirlCon 2015

GeekGirlCon 2015

Hi, friends! We had so many requests for the resources from our panel that I decided to put them all online.

Not an Easy Announcement

Many of you noticed that Gorishfish disappeared for… well, a couple of months. There’s a reason for this. It’s time to explain it all.

Blog Tour

Anybody interested in a $50 gift card? 🙂

Gorish by Sixelona

Happy Birthday, Sixelona

Happy birthday, Sixelona! I refuse to apologize for this fourth-wall break, no matter how silly it is.

That Moment When

There came a funny moment today when I realized that Notte’s voice is very much like Tolkien’s. I don’t mean the world Tolkien created. I mean the actual man.

Ten Steps to Perfect Cover Design

Follow these ten steps, and your cover will look professional. Whether your cover looks good depends on the photos and fonts you choose, but if you follow these steps, your readers will thank you!

Last Chance to Ask

This is your last chance to see your questions answered in the 2nd edition!

New Wiki Entry: Bardsey Island

Island of 20,000 saints; home to Merlin’s Apples; supposed resting place of Merlin himself: this island has a hell of a history.

Guest Post: Sarahbeth Caplin

This guest post is part of Sarahbeth Caplin’s “Indie Author Life series,” and I’m delighted to co-host it on my blog.

Loneliness and Books

I took bookworm and made it mine, decided that geek meant smart, and tried with all my heart to transform the sorrow and pain and rejection and mockery and bullying into a badge of honor.

STRINGS Cover Contest!

Hello, friends and neighbors! I have come to you with a humble request: help me choose a cover!

I Freak Myself Out

I assumed I must be crazy, which I think is the default for any of us who go through something and keep it to ourselves.

Time Out

I know what comes next. I just don’t have the brain-space to write it.

Because Life

My mom may be gone, but I refuse to honor her memory with sorrow. Today, I celebrate life.

The First War: The First Mention

So here’s this thing that I’ve know about forever, but have had no opportunity to talk about yet. It’s called the First War, and was probably one of the most culturally significant things to ever happen among the Mythos.

Poorly Played, Sony

Please understand that I LOVE this laptop. It has always done everything I asked of it, and that’s why this particular problem is so disturbing.

Three Weeks and Counting!

You may have noticed my absence. Never fear! It is due to Writing Focus, which tends to produce good things. By the way, I will be offering The Christmas Dragon free via the newsletter, and it will also be briefly free on Kindle.

Notte Snippet: Yes, That’s Elf-TV.

It was some kind of fey soap opera. Falling somewhere between clownish tragedy and romantic comedy, it shone with vibrancy and humor in this dark, underground world.

NOTTE Preview: His Secret Home

His hunger tainted everything, the world, the sky, the air. I ran from it, ran underground, down, down, as far away from the heat and the hunger as I could, and did not stop until I found the lowest place.

Are You Exceptional?

Exceptional

Of course, to answer that, you’d have to define the term.

Editing Cake

Nobody (except for crazy people) ever said editing was easy (unless they meant, “easily drives you crazy”).

Entire scenes have to be rewritten, whole chapters gutted and sewed into new shape, and characters you thought you knew suddenly up and move to a different zip code of emotions without telling you why.

Happy Anniversary, My Love

See that guy up there? Want to know why he’s so awesome? Well, here’s is a list, in no particular order.

YOUR Questions in The Sundered!

I got a wild idea. A crazy idea. Ask me your questions, and I’ll put them in the next edition of The Sundered to celebrate the release of Notte.

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