The Fallow Time

  A wise friend once told me that if I want to harvest the tree, I have to water the roots. It was her way of teaching me self-care in the creative process. And it’s true. I’ve used that metaphor, as well as the ‘put your own oxygen mask on...

The 30-Second Guide to Beta Reading

For people who have never gone through the process: Beta reading is a critique, a beta test of a manuscript that has gone through all major revisions except the final review by a copy editor or proofreader. Beta reading is like a “screen test” of the book,...

The Map Is Not the Territory: Beyond Outlining

Last month, I finished the first draft of Etheric, the sequel to my 2014 fantasy novel Orison. Now that it’s over, I can finally talk about it. See, finishing this draft took the better part of two years — I started it immediately after finishing final revisions...

Building Words

After my last post (What’s in a Word?), fellow Scriptor Brooke Johnson recommended a book to me. It was The Art of Language Invention by David Peterson. I’ve been working my way through it, creating a language for my faeries as I go. Peterson’s method begins...

The Importance of Impermanence

Whenever I write a coming of age story, I have this moment where I sit back and wonder, “What gives me the right to give life lessons to other people? What gives me the right to make characters who grow and blossom when I feel like I’m still growing...