5 out of 5 stars. Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall is amazing, amazing, amazing. One of the most powerful book I’ve read this year, and easily the most satisfying ending of the year. It’s Donnie Darko meets Groundhog Day. I know — you’re thinking WTF? How does that work? Well trust me. It works.
After reading Life As We Knew It, I picked up an old journal of mine. Some of the experiences in that novel were markedly similar to what I went through in the Arctic doing my MSc field work. The journal was kind of entertaining to read — at times moving, but mostly just funny — so […]
5 out of 5 stars. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It was a read-in-one-sitting, stay-up-until-3-AM book. Though it’s classified as science fiction, it’s more a survival tale than anything else. A survival tale where I really didn’t know if the main character and her family would live or die.
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A writing community is a group of writers. Or is it a gaggle of writers? Not sure why, but gaggle has a better ring. So, redo: a writing community is a gaggle of writers who meet to discuss the writing life, help each other out, or attend workshops. It’s a great way to connect with […]
The First Rules of Writing To be a writer, there’s really on one rule that you absolutely have to follow: 1. You must write. To be a successful writer, there’s one more rule to follow: 2. You must finish what you write. No, I didn’t make those rules up. They come from the Science Fiction […]
To continue on in the researching your novel series, I’m going to wrap it all up with an area close to my heart: science. It’s often poorly researched in stories and film, and it’s often completely mis-portrayed. I’ll try to keep the rant to a minimum. Also, keep in mind that I teach an entire […]
I finally got around to creating a website for my novel, The Spirit-Hunters. The Spirit-Hunters is a young adult novel set in a steampunk version of 1876 Philadelphia. Hauntings, inventions, and tough heroines abound.
Contemporary Fiction Continuing on from last week’s historical research, we move into the world of contemporary research. Y0u can’t get lazy just because your story is set in the world around you. In fact, if anything, you’ve got to be more careful. Why? Because your readers are from modern times, and so they’re far more […]
Rebel Tales — better stories for better readers. If you don’t know who Holly Lisle is, then be sure to check her out. She is one of the best writing instructors I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from, and the communities she’s created for writers (you may have heard of a the one called […]
The lovely Holly Dodson — also my fabulous critique partner (nothing gets past her hawk-eyes) — is hosting a Community Critique Party! You don’t want to miss this. Seriously. You can submit one page of your work — be it your query letter, a short synopsis, or a single page from your WIP — and over […]