The After Girls · Writing

How my writing process completely changed, a new piece for Distraction 99

Yesterday, I did a post on Nova Ren Suma’s blog, Distraction 99. Nova is an inspiring YA author who I met several years ago in New York, and I was excited to have a chance to guest post for her. As part of her regular series, she asked me to talk about my “turning point”… Continue reading How my writing process completely changed, a new piece for Distraction 99

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Why writing is a lot more fun than people make it sound (especially young adult)

I’m currently working on something new and prepping for the release of The After Girls, and I’m having to get back into the flow of writing new material (not revising or editing or proofing) regularly. That means I need to be positive enough to make myself pull out the computer after work or get up… Continue reading Why writing is a lot more fun than people make it sound (especially young adult)

San Francisco · Writing

Bike Riding, Coming Up With Ideas, and Writing to the Trends

The photo above is me, about halfway into a bike ride through San Francisco. My new location is great–it’s just a few minutes via bike to the beach and close enough to ride onto Golden Gate as well, through the Presidio (which feels like a Hitchcock movie), and through the amazing Golden Gate Park. I’ve… Continue reading Bike Riding, Coming Up With Ideas, and Writing to the Trends

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Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?

It’s Saturday morning (pushing afternoon), and I’m sitting on the couch with coffee watching AMC’s Breaking Bad. I have three writing projects I should be currently working on–reworking an article for a news site, completing an edit test for a potential gig in SF, and finishing revisions on my novel–and I am sitting here watching… Continue reading Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?

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Top Ten Revising Tips from a Writer Who’s Always Revising

I’ve always been a big reviser. Though I wish I could crank out near-perfect prose in a first or second draft, that’s just not me. I tend to follow Anne Lamott’s “shitty first drafts” model, which leaves me in the revision phase A LOT. I’m currently finishing up the last (and hopefully light) revision on… Continue reading Top Ten Revising Tips from a Writer Who’s Always Revising