Hey, it's July's Camp NaNoWriMo, and I've been participating! Mostly. I feel like after the first week of Camp NaNo, the excitement of the new endeavor to write words tends to die down, and this month has been no different. I feel it both in the writing community, in the cabin of people I'm hosting,… Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: How to Write MORE by Lowering Your Word Count Goal
In Vampire Book Club for June, we read Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and I'm here to give you my opinion on it. You can purchase the book here, and if you do, as an affiliate, I receive a commission for your purchase. As we've discussed before, I have not yet read very… Continue reading Review: Interview with the Vampire
Previous Chapter I thought drinking a vampire's blood would be more intimate, but Matthew had made the whole thing transactional. I stood on the other side of the island from him while I watched him ooze his own blood into a glass from a slice on his palm. Watching him fill the glass had become… Continue reading In Lieu of Underwear, A Vampire Story: Chapter 2
I have some updates regarding my WIPs, a new site for aspiring authors, and a call for guest bloggers and maybe someone who might be interested in having me guest blog. Read on, dear friend. First of all, you may have seen it already, but in case you haven't, I started posting a new story… Continue reading Behind the Scenes: WIPs, Site for Aspiring Authors, and Seeking Guest Bloggers
Dialogue can be a rough time. You spend so much time writing, constructing scenes, and then you read it back and it sounds disjointed and unnatural. It's clunky. Maybe it says everything you wanted it to say, but it's still just...off. This isn't unusual. I've heard a lot of writers complain about how hard it… Continue reading The One Thing No One Is Telling You About Writing Dialogue
"Just a sec, all right?" I said through the tiny space I'd opened up to talk to her. I shut the door again after she gave me a quiet nod. I turned back to the bedroom, but stopped short and turned to go into the bathroom. I'd made a mess. Looking at myself in the mirror, I found I'd managed to spill blood down my chin and neck and—fuck, did I get blood on my dick? Goddamn it.
First Lines The first line of your story— whether it's a novel, short story, or work of nonfiction—must hook the reader. It's probably the most important line in the entire book. It is the first impression, the easiest line in the book to find, the easiest line in the book to say "no" to. A… Continue reading 20 Prompts to Help You Start a New Story