July 16, 2017

How Traveling Influences World-Building

  What would Lord of the Rings be without Mordor or the Shire? Harry Potter without Hogwarts? Wall Street without NYC? The Originals without New Orleans? Friday Night Lights without Texas? Ocean’s Eleven without Vegas?   I’ll stop.   Point is, these settings are iconic. In some cases, even more so than the characters that

June 8, 2017

Are Character Bios “Worth It”? (Camp NaNo Prep)

It’s that time of year! The month before Camp NaNoWriMo (Round 2!).   March, June, and October (and sometimes September because I’m always too excited) are for prep. And we’re here!   My usual prep consists of outlining. First identifying the three main acts, then Freytag’s Pyramid, and eventually a chapter-by-chapter outline. Ideally, I have

February 15, 2017

Ideal Writing Day vs. Reality

  7:00 Ideal Day: Wake up like the glorious writer/princess I am. Have doves dress me. Their feathers inspire an entire series, probably a future Bestseller. Reality: Snooze.   7:00 – 7:30 Have a breakfast full of protein, and carbs that are actually good for me, to power an entire day of writing. Snooze. Snooze.

February 8, 2017

Book Review – The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

  Quick Summary You know what’s better than watching a romantic comedy on TV? Reading THE BOY IS BACK by Meg Cabot. Told entirely through texts, emails, newspaper clippings, and “blessings” journal entries, this book brings back the unapologetic fun of Cabot’s previous Boy books. Check out the back cover description below: I’ve said it

January 9, 2017

Questions to Ask Your First Reader

  It’s on to Draft #2.5 for me! Time for revisions, revisions, and more revisions. I’m certain I’m not the first, and I definitely won’t be the last, to tell you how important revising and editing your drafts are.   For the longest time though, moving past the first draft was the hardest part for

October 10, 2016

How to Outline Your NaNoNovel!

It’s my favorite time of year again! Not only is Halloween the best holiday, right after Halloween is National Novel Writing Month!   November is almost upon us and as my excitement for NaNo has crept into October, this month will forever be known to me as NaNoPrep month!   And you know what I do during

October 7, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Co-Writing a Story With Your Bestie

  PRO: You’re writing a story with your best friend. CON: You’re writing a story with your best friend.   It’s hard, man. (But can be so, so worth it.) Story time! My best friend and I met years ago, while we were studying abroad. We got lost together in London and bonded over our

October 3, 2016

Why You Should Find a Book Festival to Attend – Stat!

If you’re following me on social media, you’ll know that I recently attended the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin. (And if you’re not following me on social media, you should! I’m obviously hilarious and obviously not biased.) This isn’t the first book festival I’ve attended, but it’s the first in a few months and

September 27, 2016

Why Reading Slumps Are Basically The Worst

I’m sure we can all agree on something: reading slumps suck. And at some point, they’re kind of embarrassing, right? I mean, we’re readers. Reading is what we do. It’s not just one of our favorite pastimes, it’s a sort of identifier. We gravitate toward other people at parties who are talking about the most amazing

September 1, 2016

Who Even Am I?

Will I reference Disney again before this post is done? Probably. If you haven’t ventured over to the About Me section, and you’re extra confused about who I am and what I do and you’re wondering “why do you even have a blog?” then this post is for you! If you have read my bio and you’re just