Category: For Authors

The Little Things: Chapter Length

Often times, the little things are what count the most. I find that to be true both in life and in writing. In this series of blog posts, I plan to take a look at some of the little things I’ve learned over the years as a writer and share what I’ve found most effective in helping me tighten my craft. Today, let’s take … Read More The Little Things: Chapter Length

Using Sensory Description… But Is It 5 or 20?

A frequent tip you’ll hear in writing workshops, seminars, and blogs is to include the senses in your descriptions. One workshop I attended mentioned trying to include all 5 senses on every page. I took this to be a bit of an exaggeration, as that would be a LOT of description on every page. But it gives you a goal to shoot for so … Read More Using Sensory Description… But Is It 5 or 20?

OneNote for Authors: Character Templates

Now that I’ve covered the “How To’s” for several of the OneNote basics that I use frequently as an author (Getting Started, Links & Files, Tables, Drawing Tools), let’s get into real specifics for authors. Today I’m going to go into how you can use OneNote for your character discovery and tracking. I’ll go over (and even provide) templates for character creation and tracking … Read More OneNote for Authors: Character Templates

OneNote for Authors: Drawing Tools

As an author who likes to write series, a tool to help me keep track of characters relationships in the form of a family tree-style chart is very helpful. OneNote meets some basic needs with drawing tools. I like Microsoft’s PowerPoint tools for this even more. I’ll cover both here today. OneNote Drawing Tools To create a family tree using only OneNote: Open OneNote … Read More OneNote for Authors: Drawing Tools

OneNote for Authors: Links & Files

Continuing from where we left of in my previous posts on OneNote about Getting Started and Tables, today let’s talk about the basics for links and files and some ways authors can use them. LINKS USES This one will probably be a little self-evident. It’s another method of keeping track of all your links. However, for authors, OneNote is a better option to just … Read More OneNote for Authors: Links & Files

OneNote for Authors: Tables

Continuing from where we left of in my previous post on OneNote about Getting Started, today let’s talk about the basics for tables and some ways authors can use them. TABLE USES Tables have a TON of uses for us authors. They help organize your information in rows and columns. So any information that you need to track or keep organized, this is a … Read More OneNote for Authors: Tables

What’s another way to say… ?

I frequently run against a scene where I repeat a word over and over again. I try very hard not to do this, and Wendy is great a catching times when I did without realizing it. In fact, it drives me bananas when I find it in books, or worse, song lyrics. Sometimes, you have to get really creative to eliminate the number of … Read More What’s another way to say… ?

OneNote for Authors: Getting Started

In my super-secret under-cover life (a.k.a. my day job), I frequently teach people various organization skills – from keeping up with emails, to task management, to home org tips and tricks. I thought it might be fun to share some tips on one of the tools I use both in my author life and my under-cover life: OneNote! Today I’ll just cover the basics. … Read More OneNote for Authors: Getting Started

Cover Art Adventure

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I plan to start doing my own book covers. I had planned to start with Sarai’s Fortune. I designed three covers for the book and was going to do a cover vote this month. Then Andromeda’s Fall and the Shadowcat Nation series were contracted by The Wild Rose Press (which is awesome!!!!). However, this also means that I … Read More Cover Art Adventure

Key Elements of Paranormal Romance

Guest Post Re-Post: Originally posted 6/24/2014 on Cabin Goddess as a guest post – part of my Black Orchid blog tour organized by Masquerade Crew. This topic was requested and I really enjoyed thinking about and writing this post. Kriss had some awesome graphics to add to her post. I highly recommend you click that link and read the post there. *** I think if you ask any … Read More Key Elements of Paranormal Romance