The A-Z Guide to Being a Novelist

I originally shared this post on my old blog in October 2014, though some updates have been made. I have enough years of experience now to have quite a bit of knowledge about novel-writing. The most important advice I can offer is that you should do whatever works best for you! In case you wantContinue reading “The A-Z Guide to Being a Novelist”

The Words of the Writing World

I originally shared this post on my old blog in September 2013. I talk a lot about writing and stories, for obvious reasons, and you might not always know the terms I use. So today I’m sharing a little dictionary of the language of bookish fandoms to help you better understand and interact with this wonderful weirdContinue reading “The Words of the Writing World”

The Publishing Process

I originally published this post in September 2012 on my old blog. Today’s post provides an overview of the traditional novel publishing process for anyone who wants to brush up on the basics! Authors may deviate from this path in a variety of ways, but this is the standard journey. Write a novel. Contrary toContinue reading “The Publishing Process”

My First Recorded Novel Attempt

When I first decided to become a novelist, around the age of nine, I made various attempts that failed to reach novel-length. (I defined that as “100 pages” then.) Most of these stories were lost a long time ago, but a few were included in the thousands of pages of journals I’ve kept. This story,Continue reading “My First Recorded Novel Attempt”

Tips for Dealing with Writer’s Block

I originally shared this post on my old blog in March 2019. When I first started writing as a child, I didn’t believe that writer’s block was real. Since then, I’ve had many years to learn otherwise! Of the many books I’ve written, the most difficult has been #OCDStory, which has challenged me on multipleContinue reading “Tips for Dealing with Writer’s Block”

My Experiences with Chapter One Events

Hello, everyone! I’ve been attending Ch21Con 2021 online today, so this seemed like a good time to share my experiences with Chapter One Events, which runs both Ch1Con and Ch21Con. These are two writing conferences, one for teens and one for twenty-somethings, that take place every year in Chicago! Fun fact: I had the honorContinue reading “My Experiences with Chapter One Events”

The Realization That Transformed My Writing

I originally shared this post on my old blog in November 2019. Over the years, as I’ve developed as a writer, I’ve had many moments where I realized that everything I had written so far was just not original enough. I’d write a bunch of manuscripts, try to get an agent with one of them,Continue reading “The Realization That Transformed My Writing”

My Authorly Bucket List

I originally shared this on my old blog in April 2020. While most people’s bucket lists span a range of potential life experiences, most of what I want to do relates to authorship. There are a sorts of amazing accomplishments and moments a person could have as a novelist! So here is my authorly bucketContinue reading “My Authorly Bucket List”