New Monster Novel stuff is coming! Eventually.

Hey there, writers.You joined this list on the promise that you would hear from me with regularity about writing and similar goings-on. Thank you. It’s an honor to be invited into your inbox.So, uh, the last email to this list was in February--what g...

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Sep 22, 2021
Quick Update & Tech Issue

Hey there, writers,If you're new to this list, you're probably wondering why there haven't been any new emails lately--fair! I did promise a newsletter every 2 weeks when you signed up. As those subscribed prior to November know, my Mom died the Sund...

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Feb 14, 2021
Going on Hiatus, Mourning Period

Hi, gang.I don’t really know how to start, except to be upfront. My mother died on Sunday November 22nd. She had been fighting multiple myeloma since shortly before our big move in 2016. Her death was both anticipated and shockingly sudden. My dad an...

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Nov 30, 2020
Strengthening prose (and lyrics!) with rhetorical devices

Hello, writers!Sorry for the delay in getting you todays’ newsletter. Things have been a bit taxing at home but I didn’t want to leave you hanging any longer than I absolutely had to.We’re now halfway through NaNoWriMo and it’s turned into me working...

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Nov 17, 2020
Screaming is a reasonable response to November.

Hello, writers!Are we all buckled in for Hell Month? Because that’s what November’s looking like. Between the US elections and NaNoWriMo and just--you know--the world, there’s a lot to be stressed about. Okay, BUT. Focusing on all the doom is no...

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Nov 02, 2020
Taking Care of Yourself During NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is on the horizon again, starting November 1. The global attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days is a lot of things: invigorating, challenging, and inspirational, to name a few. But it can also be grueling, disappointing, and a reas...

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Oct 03, 2020
How Pantsers Use Story Structure

Discovery writers, or write-by-the-seat-of-their-pantsers, may shy away from anything that looks too much like outlining or planning. That includes story structures–surely the idea is to fit your story into the structure before you start writing? Shu...

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Sep 18, 2020
Plan Your Writing Output with Pacemaker

I’ve written about Pacemaker before, but this will be a more comprehensive overview. There are more and more apps out there that help you track what you’ve already done. Where Pacemaker shines is that it helps you plan how much you need to/can write....

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Sep 06, 2020
Scrivener Tip: Nicer Section Break Spacing

This is one of those things that drove me batty until I figured a way to fix it. Scrivener is amazing, even with its limitations. (Still waiting on Scrivener 3 for Windows… *sob*) Screenshots are for Scrivener 1 on Windows. When compiling your docume...

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Aug 05, 2020
DIY a Dry Erase Monster Worksheet

A while back I got a comment wishing for a reusable Monster Worksheet, the primary tool for my Monster Novel Structure Workbook. I love this idea, so I researched the options. My first thought was to see what custom-printed white boards would cost. T...

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Jul 12, 2020
Print-at-home Monster Novel Structure Workbook!

With all this pandemic stuff going on I’ve had to postpone my plans for a print edition of The Monster Novel Structure Workbook. It’s something people wanted, and I promise it will happen one day when the shipping companies aren’t so overwhelmed. In...

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May 01, 2020
Cover, Interior & File Refreshes!

Changes are coming to The Monster Novel Structure Workbook! I’m not doing a big launch event or anything, I’m just quietly making these updates and letting them ride. This post details all the yummy new shinies. Plans For a Print Edition I polled my...

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Apr 18, 2020
The big COVID-19 Question Writers Are Asking

There’s a big question on every writer’s mind as the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic sets in. What does COVID-19 mean for our writing? Let’s not beat around the bush. Our lives have changed drastically, or will soon. This is not an isolated phenomen...

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Apr 04, 2020
On Nervousness

Before each round of Author Mentor Match (a program that matches kidlit and adult writers with mentors–next round open Feb 13th, 2020!) the previously selected mentees volunteer to do query critiques for hopefuls. I always do this, because I love giv...

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Mar 06, 2020