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Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I started writing this book. Originally I wanted to be published by NaNoWriMo 2019, but that turned out to be a distant pipe dream, considering I’m starting a major rewrite! So far I’ve gotten all the notes I took during my editor session into my …

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Being Willing to Kill Your Darlings

Stephen King once said that to be a good writer, you must be willing to kill your darlings. When I first heard that quote, I shuddered. I love my characters deeply—how could I possibly stomach killing any of them off in the story?

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Developmental Edits, First Round!

About a week ago I met with my editor to go over her comment son developmental edits for the manuscript. Suffice to say, there’re some big changes coming! Every author should have an editor, and every author should be open to making changes—especially big ones, should the editor recommend them. And let’s be honest: no …

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NaNoWriMo: How I Wrote 52,000 Words in 30 Days

Writing a book is hard, and it takes a long time. At least, that’s what conventional wisdom tells us. I wrote the first 52,000 words of The Prophets of Camlaan in the 30 days of NaNoWriMo 2018. And once the words and story started flowing, it didn’t feel so hard.