A To Z Blogging Challenge: D Is For Destruction

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One of the hardest parts about going through the editor revisions on my novel was the amount of sheer destruction that took place.

I had to cut out pieces of scenes (and a couple of entire scenes) and figure out how I was going to put them back in on a re-arranged timeline.

And the hardest, most rotten part of all of that was the fact that some of it just plain didn’t work anymore. It had to go. Continue reading

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A To Z Blogging Challenge: C Is For Cat

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It’s so quiet in the house when the kids are at their dad’s for the weekend. I consider that prime writing time and I make the most of it. I’ve had some great weekends where I’ve knocked out over 8,000 words and I’ve had some crap weekends where I succumb to the lure of Netflix or stupidly convince myself I can write on the couch with Harry Potter on as “background noise.”

Right. Continue reading

A To Z Blogging Challenge: B Is For Birthday

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In my upcoming YA novel, Traveler, my protagonist has a brother on the autism spectrum. This isn’t just because I wanted to throw that in there and portray a person with autism as something other than a supernatural freak or an unemotional human computer. I also very much wanted to show what an impact -for the better – having a brother on the spectrum was for Jessa, my protagonist.

Her resilience, her kindness, her patience and embrace of all different types of people are what help her through this strange new world she’s navigating, and her relationship with her brother is one of the strongest points of the book.

But I’m not talking about that today. Today, my theme is birthday and I want you to meet my inspiration. Continue reading

A To Z Blogging Challenge – Writerbrain: Engage!

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This month, I’ll be taking part in the Blogging A-Z challenge. Each day, I have to pick a theme dependent on the letter of the alphabet. That’s the only guideline, and I intend to figure it all out as I go along.

Today, I’m going to talk about my A-Game.

I think this is really important because, as writers, we always feel like we need to be bringing our A-game or we shouldn’t be writing until we’re ready to do that.

Let me tell you what I’ve learned. Continue reading