Hi Ya Bookcasers, It's funny how life can throw you curve balls, isn't it? You're just living your life, doing your own thing, and then boom...life jolts in another direction. I had a minor version of this lately: my wedding ceremony venue fell through and now we have a 5 month rush to find our… Continue reading Writing with an open mind
Hi Ya Bookcasers! I hope that May is treating you well! Today, I want to share with you my favorite five book covers! These are from no particular years; they're just the ones I like. What are your favorites? The sheer beauty of this cover blows me away. It's full of atmosphere, tension, and… Continue reading My favorite book covers…
Hi YA Bookcasers, In April, I was on a little blogging hiatus. For all the great reasons - flying to the UK for my dad's 70th birthday (we all chipped in and he's flying to Vienna to see his favorite singer perform!). Buying my wedding dress (it wasn't quite the one I thought I'd get… Continue reading Life outside the writing
Hi YaBookcasers, You might have noticed that this month I've skipped a few posts. It's not because I didn't have time to write one, or that I didn't have anything to say. It's because it was time to have a little self-care. And that's exactly what I want to talk about today! The writing world… Continue reading Writing & self-care
Hey YABookcasers! Today, I'd like to look at big story ideas. You know, the ones that you think of and think of and think of...but don't write. That cool, awesome big story that has an amazing world, dynamic characters, a killer plot, but yet, you're still not putting fingers to keyboard. So why not?I've been… Continue reading Big story ideas & what to do with them
Hey YABookcasers! Have you ever had an old story idea that you absolutely love, but can't quite get the gumption to work on? You love the concept and characters, but something is blocking your progress. Or perhaps you wrote it a long time ago, and now you're looking at it as this mammoth task of… Continue reading Reviving an old story
Hi YABookcasers! Another day, another question about the creative arts. However, it's actually not that simple, because I'm not just talking about the creative arts. With the passing of the magnificent, unrivaled Stephen Hawkings, it made me want to reaffirm a strong belief of mine: there is a creative process to everything - science, technology,… Continue reading Creative processes – which one is best?
Hi YABookcasers, I've been talking to some friends lately, and it seems many of them have hit a writerly slump throughout the years (myself included!). I'm not talking about writer's block. The question that's got my attention is "Where did all the good ideas go?"Let me expound. Big blockbuster books hit the shelves regularly -… Continue reading Where did all the good ideas go?
Hi YABookcasers! First of all, if you've not been to my site before, you might have received a popup asking if you'd like to join my newsletter. I hope you do, as there will be lots of goodies and a secret members only forum! If you didn't receive the popup because you've been before, pop… Continue reading 3 reasons you should read these books…
Hey YABookcasers! A lot of writers have said to me that they feel they're impostors when writing, and that they're really not cut out for the publishing industry. Somehow, they feel like their work is lesser, that there are other "real" authors out there, and they're not one of them. Today, I'd like to talk… Continue reading Writers & Imposter Syndrome