Grimdark

I have a tendency to go grim in my stories. It's something I need to keep a close eye on, and one of the reasons that I write Romance (they have to get to their happily-ever-after!). I find that if I don't feed that part of my muse, though, it gets...demanding. The weird thing about... Continue Reading →

Nostalgia—or a Message?

I had the opportunity to catch up with a friend recently and they asked my dearest question. What are you writing lately? The conversation somehow trailed back to earlier ideas—stories I haven’t thought about in years and never wrote down but was excited to tell them about. The next day, another friend triggered a memory... Continue Reading →

Letting Them Go

When I first started writing, I was so protective of my stories that it bordered on paranoia. I had spent my entire life developing a huge High Fantasy world to write in, but was only scratching the surface of what it meant to create stories that had beginnings, middles, and ends. Eventually, I realized that... Continue Reading →

Spring!

I couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to give myself that negative space—moments of emptiness waiting to be filled. This spring has been gorgeous! I found this delightful fairy grotto in my own front yard. The lilacs were amazing this year. Their sweet smell surrounded me every time I walked outside. The first flowers... Continue Reading →

A Season of Light, A Season of Darkness

I love that so many cultures celebrate light during the darkest days of winter. We string up electric lights, snuggle near fireplaces, and gather around the hearth to share food, drink, and stories of our experiences. A few years ago, I realized that people often overlook the darkness surrounding them in the colder months, and... Continue Reading →

The Magic Pencil

I sat down to write the other day, and couldn’t find my pencil. I specifically bought this pencil for my writing. While allowing myself to search for a few brief moments, I realized what trouble I would be in if I had turned this basic tool into a Magic Pencil, an indispensable tool that was... Continue Reading →

Trust

There is a tiny voice inside every artist that tells us what to do with our works. “Change that line. This isn’t in character. This scene doesn’t belong here.” The more we create, the more we listen to that voice, the stronger it becomes. The easier it is to hear. I first became aware of... Continue Reading →

Community

When you write, you’re never alone. Your characters are with you, your worlds. And if you’re lucky, so is your muse. I see my muse as that inner voice that tells me to add a paragraph break in a spot where I don't think it's necessary, but provides perfect pacing when I’m reading the piece... Continue Reading →

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