I have a mentor!

Anna from Disney's frozen being super excited

I found a mentor in Author Mentor Match round 7!

Take Hurting Seriously

It’s not about race, it’s about believing people when they say that poor characterization hurts them.

How to Write a Satisfying Cliffhanger

Examples of how to write a cliffhanger (and how not to) from Mary Pearson’s latest books.

Fun Facts About Abigail

Abigail dressed up as Wonder Woman in her blue dress with sword.

(You can find my official bio at About Me.) I’m so extroverted it’s painful, according to my introverted husband. I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be an author. I wrote my first story in Kindergarten, and I still have it (thanks, Mom!). It was about a princess, a dragon, and a knight, so… …

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You can learn a lot from writing one short story

What happens when a perfectionist takes the advice to write more short stories.

Deadlines and Anniversaries: I Finished (Again)!

Last month, the second anniversary of my transition to being a full-time writer passed without my noticing. Maybe the second anniversary is never as exciting as the first, but I also have an excuse: I was finishing my book! I told myself I would finish in April. Then in May. Then in July or August. …

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How to see word counts in Scrivener’s corkboard

Screenshot of Scrivener showing the same chapter in multiple views

Author Kimmery Martin asked to see word counts in corkboard view for Scrivener. While I’m not positive this is what she wanted, it sounded like a helpful feature, so I tried to figure out a way to do it. First, I’ll show you how I do it. I have my scenes and chapters organized in …

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When Reality Interferes With Your Goals

At the beginning of this year, I set for myself what I considered to be ambitious but achievable goals: accumulate 75 rejections and edit my second book. Of course, I wasn’t really after 75 rejections; I was hoping that I could find an agent who wanted my book before I hit that number. But querying …

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Getting to know me

Facts about me I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be an author. I wrote my first story in Kindergarten, and I still have it (thanks, Mom!). It was about a princess, a dragon, and a knight, so… not much has changed. I graduated from the University of Michigan. (Go Blue!) My favorite Doctor …

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New Year’s Goals

I ended 2017 by getting the stomach flu and eating nothing but 7-Up and white bread for three days, so we have nowhere to go from here but up! My 2018 writing goals are pretty simple: Accrue 75 rejections for Alchemist’s Mirror Finish two revision passes on my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel Of course, if I …

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