5 Non Sequiturs

1 Gotham Writers has a scary-first-line contest. It’s free to enter, and the winner gets a free Gotham class. I entered today. Here’s the link so you can enter too, but hurry because the deadline is December 1st: https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/frightening-first-line-contest-2019 2 My sweet daughter got me a tee shirt with my 2019 Nanowrimo book title on … Continue reading 5 Non Sequiturs

5 Lessons From My First Year

It’s been a little more than a year since I started this writing blog. Have I learned anything? Yup. Writing a 50k, episodic story is not the same as writing a novel. There are additional things, writerly things, to consider such as character arc and cause-and-effect scene structure and style stuff and grammar thingamabobs. Last … Continue reading 5 Lessons From My First Year

How to Find the Typical Word Count for Your Genre

Let’s say I want to write a creature feature novel, because who doesn’t?:-) I dig up a few contemporary comp titles. Reddit is good for stuff like that, but also Goodreads, BookRiot, book blogs, and your own reading. I came up with the following creature features: The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn Overlord by … Continue reading How to Find the Typical Word Count for Your Genre