#IWSG Post: Making Magic on the Page

I love being a fantasy writer. No matter how many stories I write, there’s always new terrain to explore. As a practicing Pagan, I also have the opportunity to weave threads of real magic into worlds of the fantastic. One of the ways I do this is by incorporating the magic and symbolism of gemstones […]

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Am I writing in a “dead” genre?

Recently I got some exciting news: one of my novellas took first place in a contest. I was excited, but the final round judge’s comments weren’t especially heartening: a cute story, she said, but a tough sell in today’s market. So I started doing some research. Apparently there is a huge glut of paranormal romance […]

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Reconnecting with an old story

In 2009, I started my first adult paranormal romance, a story that would come to be called “Made of Shadows.” Over the years, I’ve written, revised, and rewritten that story several times. The last time I worked on it was 2013. And now I’ve picked it up again. In the last year, I’ve grown in […]

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Down payment on a dream & Round 2 ROW80 goals

2014 is shaping up to be a very goal-driven year for my husband and me. Last year, I left my day job in publications to write full-time, and I’m more determined than ever to be the best writer I can be and get my stories onto the page and then, one day, out into the […]

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A Monstrous Migraine & Springtime Fantasies

This week wasn’t nearly as productive as I thought it would be when it started out. I really kicked some major butt on Monday and Tuesday, writing a total of 2,448 words. Then, Wednesday and Thursday I was sidelined with a Monstrous Migraine. Every time I thought it was beginning to fade, it flared up […]

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Snowy midweek #ROW80 check-in

Well, the weather outside is frightful, but I have tea, a pile of blankets, and a fluffy white cat, so I’m snuggled up indoors and busily writing. Some days the magic in a manuscript just works, and I’ve been fortunate to have a couple days like that so far this week. Words were flying from […]

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Getting to know the villain of the piece–and Sunday #ROW80 check-in

I’m currently reading Donald Maass’ “The Fire in Fiction,” and one of the writing pitfalls he mentions is the stereotypical, cardboard cut-out bad guy or femme fatale. Sometimes, we expend so much effort developing our protagonists that we forget that our antagonist has to be equally as strong. I often worry that my villains will […]

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Writing and the Importance of Daydreaming

“What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.”  ~Burton Rascoe Sometimes, when you’re staring at the blank screen, asking the gods to deliver a solution to your latest writing dilemma, nothing comes. Other times, you’ll be going about your day, doing […]

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Using Rejection to Reignite Our Creative Fire

While it doesn’t look like I will finish all the projects I set out to finish this year, I did reach a big milestone. In 2012, I received two rejections from editors to whom I’d submitted my manuscript. Instead of lamenting those rejections, I was humbled by them. These women took the time to contact […]

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Out of the Story’s Nebula: Structure in the Second Draft

Every manuscript is its own creature. Some stories are upfront, divulging so much information your fingers can’t type fast enough. The first draft of Pierce My Heart, a meager 15K, was meant to be a concise introduction to the fae and their world. But my crit group pointed out that I could do one of […]

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