“Watch this” Wednesday: author Dan Wells on story structure

This week’s “watch this” is part one in an engaging five-part series on story structure by horror novelist Dan Wells. Dan is one of the talented quartet behind the brilliant podcast Writing Excuses, which also features Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal and Howard Tayler. Bonus:  Brandon Sanderson has posted the complete video footage of his 2012 creative writing class at Brigham…

Bad-ass ninjas can save your town

I curl up every night with picture books and early reader tales, thanks to the offspring. But I’m one of the seemingly tiny minority of people on the planet who hasn’t been swept up in the YA fiction craze. Never read the Twilight saga or Hunger Games or . . . even (gasp) past the first 50 pages of Harry…

How to use your iPad to get unstuck

Today’s post is via the amazing Daphne Gray-Grant (aka The Publication Coach). Sorry to mention this to my readers who don’t have iPads, but here’s a fabulous free app if you do. It’s called Unstuck. It’s easy to use if you have a problem (a “stuck moment”) and it gives you a positive way of reframing the trouble. Once you’ve registered…

Friday Five

Five random things that helped make this a good week . . . Author Jordan Dane posted yesterday at The Kill Zone authors blog on five key ways to make your  characters memorable. It came at the perfect time for me (or the girls in the basement, at least) as I struggle with a flat opening to…

Cowboys and babies and SO much more

I’m thrilled to be able to say I read a great book today: Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek. I’m thrilled to say this on a couple levels. Reading a great book is always a thrill, but Roxanne is also a friend of mine. We “met” via an online voice course taught by the amazing Barbara Samuel and then hooked…