Quotes · Writing

Friday Writing Inspiration from Neil Gaiman

I’m finally back to doing my regular Friday afternoon writing inspiration. And boy, do I need inspiration, because between The Romantics coming out and getting married, I am way behind on all my deadlines. Anyway, this one comes from fellow children’s book author and storyteller extraordinaire, Neil Gaiman: “Stories may well be lies, but they are good… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration from Neil Gaiman

Quotes · Reading · Writing

Friday Writing Inspiration: Stephen King

It’s Friday, and I’m hard at work on kicking off new ideas and getting ready to promote the hell out of old ones 😀 It’s a good problem to have: Over the next 2-3 years, I’ll have 4 books coming out. It’s an absolute dream, and I am so thankful every day to get to… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Stephen King

Writing

Back to the Drawing Board …

And by drawing board, I mean bulletin board. Because the only thing truly constant about writing is that you have to keep doing it. I’m working on a couple of different ideas right now for future projects, and here is my empty bulletin board, inspired by Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat beat sheet. The good… Continue reading Back to the Drawing Board …

New York · Writing

Office Space: A Peek Into Where I Write

Living in New York City for most of my adult life, I always dreamed of having a home office. Well, first, I dreamed of trading the fluorescent lights of a corporate America for my couch, but once I’d done that for awhile, I wanted the real-deal. The much sought-after dedicated writing space. This year, I… Continue reading Office Space: A Peek Into Where I Write

Quotes · Writing

Friday Writing Inspiration: Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat

Save the Cat has quite a reputation in the writing community, both for screenwriters and novelists, and now that I’ve finally read it, it’s not hard to see why. It lays out structure in such a clear, easy-to-understand way, and even if you’ve written lots of stuff before, it makes all the rules you know… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat

Quotes · Writing

Friday Writing Inspiration: Joyce Carol Oates

On this fine Friday, I’m honing in on an idea for my next novel. I’m talking, beat-sheet, spur-of-the-moment trips to Barnes & Noble to finally read Save the Cat, kind of honing. I’ve posted about this before, and I know there are two pretty divisive schools of thought on whether outlining does or does not… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Joyce Carol Oates

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Well, I guess it’s safe to say I’ve started something new.

This is what I did this afternoon. The fact that I now have a home office has completely upped my plotting game. What I used to do on a tiny Word doc is now spread out on a huge, color-coated bulletin board in all it’s insane glory (don’t worry, I blurred the content of the… Continue reading Well, I guess it’s safe to say I’ve started something new.

Musings · New York · San Francisco · Writing

Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Nothing says “welcome back” like the chance of 3 feet of snow in New York City. Most of you already know, but my time in California has ended, and I am back in the great city of New York, Brooklyn to be precise. When I told everyone in California I was moving back to New… Continue reading Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Musings · Writing

Friday Writing Inspiration: The Ideas Keep Coming

Normally, I’d take this lovely writing Friday to share an inspiring quote or writing tip, but today, after reading a conversation among writers about doubt, and asking myself how exactly I do overcome the doubt during the inevitable writer low-points, I realized something: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but really in… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: The Ideas Keep Coming