Dos and Don’ts of Nouns in Prose

  The key to crafting effective prose, by way of selecting appropriate nouns, is in the use of simple words to create compounded ideas, not decorative words to describe simple ones. Be clean while making space for meaning. In your writing, don’t just load up on adjectives. Paint a picture and define details with nouns. Below…

Namaste out of Your Way: An Open Letter to Yogis

I love yoga. It’s probably my favorite exercise and the only one that looks appropriate for me (being covered in tattoos and often smelling of perspiration…I mean, essential oils). Just kidding, very few people who do yoga smell like BO and I, of course, look bad ass doing anything. I’ve been practicing yoga on and…

Winning and Fruitless Plot Devices

A good book, regardless of its age group, genre, or unique storyline boils down to one key element: anticipation. The process of watching a tale unfold sets up suspense and keeps the pages turning. But creating anticipation is more than just promising suspense; it’s a clever dance of plot points that tantalize and devices to…

Why I’m Done Being so “Nice”

Content warning; adult language. This all started a few weeks ago when my daughter was put on the “wait list” for her preschool. Even though I was one of the very first people to sign her up, on the first day, right when sign-ups became available, we were wait-listed. Even though we have years of…

3 Years and a Lifetime Ago

  Wow. This photo popped up on my Facebook feed this morning with an invitation to “see your memories.” I usually live life at my toes, not my heels, preferring to look forward and not back. But this made me pause, stopping dead in my tracks for a firm moment of reflection. Three years ago,…

It’s Not Working!

You’ve written a book. Congrats! You’ve taken it through another draft or two. You’ve edited, revised, tightened the plot bunnies, killed the boring parts, and polished whatever is left. Maybe you’ve slashed whole characters. Perhaps you reconstructed the entire plot. So, why isn’t your manuscript working? *Shrug* There are as many reasons as to why…

Writing Innovative Content When You Don’t Feel Creative

We’ve all been there, staring at the blinking cursor while our brain plays host to a symphony of crickets. There are days when taking a break from writing altogether is the best way to recharge your creative juices. But, facing deadlines, word count goals, and self-imposed milestones does not always allow the luxury of a…

The Secret to Surviving a Sh** Day

I’ll let you in on a secret…the last few weeks have been rough. I put on a bright face, even when it’s not an accurate representation of what I feel inside. My smile isn’t an altogether lie because things are great—in the big. But that doesn’t make it any easier to clean pee off the…