Writing Tips

206158_361060320659355_1737173104_nI’m a writer. I’ve also been a great many other thing throughout my life, but I’ve never not been a writer.

I started writing when I was seven, and the contents of my imagination both shocked and inspired my parents. Growing up, I was the kid with the imagination. The creative one. The one who excelled in English and Journalism (and even won awards for it), and who read anything she could get her hands on. I was the kid who enjoyed getting reading assignments over the summer. I was the one who wrote short stories that nearly got me expelled.

I wrote my first novel in junior high. It was terrible, but I kept writing. I published my first novel, St. Charles at Dusk, in 2011. Shortly after, the story turned into a series, which is now the epic-in-length The House of Crimson and Clover series. It won’t stop there, either. I love knowing that I have so many more stories to look forward to.

I created this blog to promote my work, but the content has expanded beyond that original intention. I’ve also met many other great writers and, through those friendships, have learned that the best way to be a member of the writing community is to share your experiences with others, in hopes that they might learn you the way you learn from them. The writing community is an ecosystem of writers sharing with other writers, and I’m proud to be a member of it.

This page will contain all articles I’ve written related to writing tips, tricks, and experiences that I think are helpful to others. By coming directly to this page, you won’t have to search through the page to find what you need.

In addition to writing articles, I also have established a Guest Author Program, where other writers can be featured and promote their work. Check this page out for details.


Happy Writing!

Writing Articles

5 Tips for Writing Multiple POVs

Etiquette of Writing Negative Reviews

6 Tips for Staying Organized While Writing a Series

Character Biographies (To Bio or Not to Bio?)

Fictional Genealogies

Fooling the Overachiever Into Submission Using the Scientific Method

Incomplete (You’ve Won NaNoWriMo: Now What?)

Location and Setting

Mitosis (How to Outline When You Suck at Outlining)

Write Badly and Often

10 Learnings Over 4 Years of Publishing

So You Want to Self Publish

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11 thoughts on “Writing Tips

  1. LOL! The first paragraph of your post reminds me of me when I was a kid. I wrote my first poem at 7 and I had the wildest imagination in the world (which shocked my parents too)! Same pinch to you 😀 and all the best with your future writings!

      1. Hahaha! Perhaps they do wonder! I think every child has a wild imagination…but being able to put it down on paper is a gift..what say? 😀

  2. Did you also enjoyed getting creative writing exams/assignments? I shamelessly ADORED them, haha. Thanks for sharing your writing and resources. Lovely site!

    P.S. “I was the one who wrote short stories that nearly got me expelled”? Kudos to you, my friend. Bravo!

    1. Yes! I always say them as a chance to outdo myself (and everyone else, if I’m behind honest).

      And thank you…I’m still quite proud of my second grade risque stories 😛

  3. Love the pictures you included here. 🙂 I would be honored to swim in you ecosystem though I fear I should find an agent before sharing a pitch of my unpublished work online. What do you think?

    1. Glad you enjoyed it!

      I know a lot of indie authors who have done very well without agents. It’s hard advice to give, because it’s a very personal decision. For me, I’ve spent so much time learning the industry that I don’t feel an agent could benefit me much (or, at least, not enough to justify the cut of the profits they’d receive). But for others, it’s the right decision. My advice is definitely research it before jumping in!

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