Writing Fact… Mingled With Fiction

I’m sitting here writing this post on my front porch while the moon turns to blood. October 8th at 5:00 am and my imagination is crawling with ideas looking at the lunar eclipse of the Blood Moon. I’ve incorporated the Blood Moon into my YA fantasy novel, Vagabond, which I started years ago. Now I…

Writer’s Block vs. Writer’s Resistance

Rarely do I suffer from writer’s block. But this past weekend, I was self-diagnosed with an often extreme case of writer’s resistance. Let me explain the difference between the two and how to overcome them. This past weekend, I went to Comicon (so fun!) and listened to a panel of fellow authors. Many of the…

The Importance of Setting in a Novel

UPDATE: This blog post won an award for “media post” at the 2015 LUW writers conference. ***** Write what you know. How many times have I heard that? Oh man, probably at every conference I have ever gone to, multiple times. I know setting. Long before I was ever an author, I would surround myself…