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

How to put together a writing bucket list

This is a just a morbid thing for me to write about but, hey, I've reported on mayhem so I can deal. I have a writing bucket list. Yes, a list of things I want to write before I kick the bucket. This thought comes after hearing several of my favorite writers express the same … Continue reading How to put together a writing bucket list

The NaNoWriMo prep. Yes, it’s that time of year

Oh, it's October and it's getting closer to Halloween and the temperatures are getting cooler. (Unless you live in Louisiana. In that case it's still summer.) For most writers, that means it's time to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Don't know what that is? Where have you been! This is the superbowl for writers...kinda...well, it … Continue reading The NaNoWriMo prep. Yes, it’s that time of year

The Writing Life: Embrace the Choice

I've been thinking a lot about choice lately. Not about the choices in my life specifically but about the power of making decisions. I believe it speaks to the core of our humanity, the ability to make a choice and change your life, even if it's something small. For me, my choice comes with a … Continue reading The Writing Life: Embrace the Choice

Every writer needs a community

This past weekend, I did something I haven't done in a long time. I went to a meeting of writers. Shreveport has a writing club and in all the years I've lived here, I've never once dropped by to even say hello. Last Saturday I did because I was done writing in a vacuum. And … Continue reading Every writer needs a community

The 4 Step Revision Master Plan

This happens more often to me than I'd like to admit. After <insert whatever length of time> I am done with the first draft something I get so excited. I call up friends, I blast it on social media, I pop open a good bottle of wine. Then I realize I'm no where near finished. … Continue reading The 4 Step Revision Master Plan

Everyone has a story. Tell it.

Eva Piper will be the first person to tell you that she isn't a writer. She will say that she's simply telling her story, one of overcoming challenges and holding fast to faith. The story has inspired people through their own dark times, a goal Eva says she's always had for her book. I had … Continue reading Everyone has a story. Tell it.

How to create awesome characters

  As I went through some of my files from the old blog, I completely forgot about this video! How to create awesome characters was a webinar I did when a couple of writer friends asked me how I approach creating characters. I taught part of this during one of my creative writing classes and my … Continue reading How to create awesome characters