Behind the Scenes: How I Outlined THE LAST HOUR

Behind the Scenes: How I Outlined THE LAST HOUR

I’ve always loved learning about how a book came to fruition. It’s fascinating to learn how my favorite stories were crafted, and how authors have such different processes. So today I’m giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how I outlined my...
What It’s Like to Edit Your Book for a Publisher

What It’s Like to Edit Your Book for a Publisher

I’ve regaled you before with my advice for tackling edit letters when revising a novel, which was based on my experience editing for agents and CPs. For the most part, this is still my process. But now that I’ve survived my first round of edits of The Last Hour (my...
How I Tackle Edit Letters When Revising a Novel

How I Tackle Edit Letters When Revising a Novel

I recently completed a round of edits for my newest novel! Revising a novel can be tricky business. While my process is still fresh in my head, I wanted to share it for anyone who might find it useful, or to satisfy your inexplicable curiosity. I’m 99% sure there is...
8 Most Helpful Books on Writing Fiction

8 Most Helpful Books on Writing Fiction

I rarely read nonfiction, but when I do, it’s usually on the craft of writing fiction. There’s a bit of irony in there somewhere. With each new book I write, I’m always looking to improve on my craft. As someone who never took creative writing classes or pursued...
6 Productivity Tools All Writers Should Know About

6 Productivity Tools All Writers Should Know About

As an author with a full-time job, I often struggle to find time to write in my busy schedule. When I manage set aside an hour or two to write, I need to make the most of this time and ensure I’m as productive as possible. Along the way, I’ve discovered several...
43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing Immediately

43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing Immediately

When you’re revising any piece of writing — a novel, a news article, a blog post, marketing copy, etc. — there are certain words you should delete to make the text stronger and cut your word count. When I’m writing a novel, one of my last drafts focuses on...