Posts Tagged With: writing

My Tips for Self-Publishing

Recently, I was contacted by an aspiring writer who wanted more information about my experience with self-publishing.  I’m still new and learning about it, too, but I tried to give them a few tips. And to be helpful to other writers out there, I thought I would share my answers to the questions. Which avenue […]

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Why I’m a Snob (And I’m Okay With That)

I have a confession to make, but this isn’t really a secret, because most people learn this about me pretty quickly: I’m a snob for quality when it comes to almost anything. There’s exceptions to this, of course, but for the most part I’m pretty snobbish. When I can, I pay more to get the […]

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Welcome New Readers!

Hello there! Did you find my blog through the new book tour that I just did? If you’re new, let me introduce myself! I’m new to self-publishing, but I’ve been writing and sharing my work online for years. Some of the posts from this blog come from an older personal blog that I started keeping […]

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YA Fiction: Why do we love to read and write it? (Guest Post from Jimena Novaro)

Thanks for hosting me, Kristen! Hello, readers of Kristen’s blog―thanks for stopping by! Adolescence. When every day is spent on the edge of a glorious revelation that never quite comes and every penny spent on day-to-day dreams that fill our universes. We live our teenage years searching for things. Our identities, our beliefs, the approval […]

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Write for Yourself (An Affirmation)

I posted this in response to a thread on Wattpad where another writer was thinking about quitting writing because they weren’t getting a lot of readers on the site. I thought that this advice could apply to many other writers (especially those just starting out), so I wanted to share it here as well. If […]

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Witch Gate on Wattpad

If you’ve missed the updates on my Facebook and Twitter feeds last week, I decided to start posting chapters of Witch Gate on Wattpad. I’m up to chapter four as of today. Answers to major questions are coming up, like “Who is Dandelion?” and “Does all magic ultimately come from the Fae?” While I stress that […]

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Writing and Community

Writing is often thought of as a solitary past time, and to some extent, this is true. We all sit down and put words on a page alone, and other people are at best a distraction while we’re attempting to string together a sentence. But many writers, myself included, could not get by without the […]

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The Impact of Fiction

The first thing that a story should do is entertain. If you want to educate people about a topic, it’s better to say what you want more directly through an essay or some other form of non-fiction. A story that only serves as a vehicle to promote a message or an idea is at best […]

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Six Sentence Sunday: Varranor’s Crazy Scheme

From an upcoming short story, “Together We Will Fly”: Varranor laughed. “This is not a jest! If we could capture a pair of marewings, we could fly to Irakleio, and then the Blue Suns would accept us into their highest ranks. We wouldn’t have to waste time working up the chain of command from simple […]

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My Alien Penpal

Creating a new world is hard enough. Then describing it in a story is a little like pretending that you have an alien penpal. An alien would have no context or prior knowledge to understand the world that you are writing about. You don’t know what your reader’s life is like, so you can’t compare […]

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