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How I Sustained Writing Fanfiction for Seven Years

I regularly posted Fanfiction between 2008 and 2015, with an 11-month dry spell between 2014 and 2015. Looking back, that’s amazing. I don’t even know my total word count on Fanfiction.net, but it’s easily over 350,000 words.

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The Next Stage is Less Than a Week Away!

It feels insane how fast the past year has flown by! Just a year ago I was prepping for my first-ever NaNoWriMo, chomping at the bit to let the words flow. In less than a week, NaNoWriMo 2019 kicks off. That’s the next stage for making this book a reality!

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What Fanfiction Taught Me About Writing

Fanfiction (for the uninitiated) is the term for fan-written stories about established universes and characters, as long as the original author is okay with it. There are two big platforms for FF: Fanfiction.net, and Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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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.