4 writing books you need to get NOW

Beginning writing students come to me with starts in their eyes. They want to be writers and are ready to work on craft and concept. They have this dream of going to their local bookstore and seeing their book on the shelves and that everyone is going to buy it. I have the same dream, … Continue reading 4 writing books you need to get NOW

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The BEST writing advice I’ve heard today

One thing I try to tell my students while I'm teaching writing -- whether they are learning to write a great paragraph, essay, or story -- is that the first draft needs to be messy. The messier the better. I'm talking no punctuation, spelling errors, and just a big mess. Mess = exactly what you're … Continue reading The BEST writing advice I’ve heard today

The best writing tip ever

Not gonna lie, I'm having a freakin' blast.   Mostly because yesterday this was my desk. Writing the next short story for the Jennie Manning Mysteries has just been...the word, I can't find the word...awesome? Cool? Neat? No, just right. It feels just right. You know that feeling you get when you're writing and the … Continue reading The best writing tip ever

Writers and social media: A basic how to.

What an interesting turn of events! Recently, I asked some of my writer friends through social media for some help. I wanted needed to do some vlogging and thought a Q&A would be the best thing. I haven't done one so I asked my writer friends what questions do you think I should answer in … Continue reading Writers and social media: A basic how to.

The 10 books that changed my life…or something like that.

Let's all admit it. We all have seen this Facebook status: In your status list the 10 books that have more influenced you (or something like this). Yes, I was tagged and yes I responded but not in the way most people did. I instead wanted to write a blog post because, if you're going to … Continue reading The 10 books that changed my life…or something like that.

Be Neil Gaiman and make good art…maybe

Make good art. I'm repeating this mantra to myself often. That's all I have to, right? Make good art? That's what Neil Gaiman says to do. It works for him so why not me? Yeah, right. That's easier said than done. I have to do more than make good art, I have to make art and … Continue reading Be Neil Gaiman and make good art…maybe

Get ready for the Holiday Blog Tour 2013

Can you believe it's December 1? I can't. My mind still thinks its October and I'm surprise that I can't find candy corn in the stories. But the calendar, the weather, and the radio are all tell me the same thing, that it's nearly Christmas time and it's time to plan the big blog event. … Continue reading Get ready for the Holiday Blog Tour 2013

How to finish your writing project like a BOSS

I received the best writing question today from one of my Twitter followers. @ShortT318 wrote: Ms. @Icess How do you slay dragons with your pen? How do I keep myself from stopping on writing a story or article? I get this question often and I'm a bit of an expert in it. See, I also … Continue reading How to finish your writing project like a BOSS

Learning to write historical fiction

I've just returned from my research trip to Saint Louis, MO and I'm brimming with ideas! Research trip? Yes! But in case this is news, here's why I went: I've been working on a longer short story (by longer, I mean 20 pages and more) that will become a novel sometime next year.  The first … Continue reading Learning to write historical fiction

Researching your story: Taking a research trip for your writing

Have story? Will travel. And by traveling I mean getting on a train to St. Louis, Missouri to hang out for 12 hours and then coming right back. That's what I'm doing this weekend. This research trip was a long time over due. There's this story I've been working on since before February 2012. It's … Continue reading Researching your story: Taking a research trip for your writing