Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves -Chapter 5: Unexpected Guests

Hunter aesthetic!  Coryn Aesthetic! Chapter 5 of Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves is here! Check it out on Wattpad! “I shivered, despite the summer heat. What if something happened to me? What if the Blood Thieves got to me? What would that do to my daughter, losing the person closest to her? She barely knewContinue reading “Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves -Chapter 5: Unexpected Guests”

Do you make image quotes from your stories?

Pinterest got me starting to make quote images from my books and stories. I also make some for Instagram from time to time. I use quotes I really liked and I think they’ve generated some interest. What about you? Have you made image quotes for your stories? Feel free to share your Pinterest links withContinue reading “Do you make image quotes from your stories?”

I’m a YouTuber: Videos of Funny YA Readings & Relationship Advice for Christian Women

Check out my YouTube channels and feel free to subscribe! Are you a YouTuber? Feel free to share your link in a comment. Funny bookish channel: Relationship advice for christian women:

What is it about a book’s first page that keeps you reading?

I’m curious: What is it about a book’s first page that keeps you flipping? Are you able to share an example of a book whose first page just grabbed you and held on until the last page? I want to know what book did that for you and why. Then I can go Amazon-“Look inside”-stalkContinue reading “What is it about a book’s first page that keeps you reading?”

Killing Your Characters

So killing off characters in your story: is it fun for you, or torture? I’ve been on both sides of this fence, and I can say that now, it’s leaning toward more fun. For me, there’s something about the shock of it, the later oh-so-hoped for justice, the real-ness it adds to the danger andContinue reading “Killing Your Characters”

Writing Craft Wednesday: Good character-building scenes that keep your plot rollin’

Ever read a book that felt like slogging through twelve inches of snow? It dragged on and you were like, “Give me some action already.” Chances are, not every scene moved the story forward. Either a lot of stuff was there for the sake of giving you important info, or the author took her sweetContinue reading “Writing Craft Wednesday: Good character-building scenes that keep your plot rollin’”

Don’t Just Write a Story, Bleed One.

If you aren’t passionate about the story you’re telling, stop telling it. Because a great story is like giving birth: it’s long, painful, will be very draining at times, and you’ll get to a point where you just wanna push it out already! You have to love your story enough to go through the sweat,Continue reading “Don’t Just Write a Story, Bleed One.”

Make Your Protagonist Problematic Tip 2: Trouble Magnet

Trouble should stalk your hero. And this trouble should of course cause trouble for those nearest to your protagonist. Trouble breeds trouble. When his trouble is contagious, this growing conflict makes for a more interesting story. Naturally, we humans are drawn to conflict. We don’t just like drama for the sake of it, but because weContinue reading “Make Your Protagonist Problematic Tip 2: Trouble Magnet”

Cheaper Edits for Some Special Preciouses

Those of you interested in having me as a developmental editor are getting a price-break from my already reasonable editing service fees. Short story edit A thorough edit of your story, improving various aspects such as plot, characters, dialogue, stakes, emotional appeal, originality, conflicts, and resolution. Short story edit rates $0.04 $o.03 a word. Novel edit A completeContinue reading “Cheaper Edits for Some Special Preciouses”

Twists and Shock Appeal

Don’t you just love when you’re reading a story and then WHAM!–you’re hit with a revelation you didn’t see coming? And isn’t it lame when you DO see something coming and aren’t the least bit surprised when it’s “revealed?” Too many times–especially in teen films or tv shows–I’ll predict what’s going to happen and whenContinue reading “Twists and Shock Appeal”