Kinder Writing Wisdom

May 30, 2014 Heather 2

One of the things I hear most often when people find out that I write stories is that I must be super smart or super creative or super blessed. The truth is something that I try to instill in my bitties: you make success when you work hard, believe in yourself, and keep trying even when you think you can’t. Read More

Breaking Bad as a Mentor Text

May 18, 2014 Heather 0

"If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." – Stephen King My favorite books, since I have been writing, are the ones that catch me as I read and show me a new way of looking at my own writing. Taken by Erin Bowman helped me think about Read More

Taken and Planning

July 26, 2013 Heather 1

While reading Erin Bowman’s debut novel Taken last week, I got to thinking about how writers of fantasy or dystopian worlds pre-plan. Do we start with the world and how it came to be or do we start with the premise and expand? Warning: I will be discussing the world within Taken and this does include some spoilers. Taken begins Read More

July 23, 2013 Heather 0

“Remember who you are. Remember what you do. You are a plain old working writer who tells stories. If you are published and read, that’s as much as you are entitled to. All the rest is window dressing.” – Lester del Rey, via terrybrooks.net

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