Go Read That Instead

Confession: I am behind on my word count for this year's NaNoWriMo. It has happened before, and I am still confident I'll recover. I simply need a weekend's worth of focus to catch up. That being said, instead of writing something new for today's post (I need to save all my creative juices for writing… Continue reading Go Read That Instead

This is Where you are

One of the key components to a well-developed story is the setting. It's important because it informs our characters and plot. What does your character's home look like? What does she see each day on her way to work or school? Imagine The Great Gatsby's loss of the American dream without the over indulgent New… Continue reading This is Where you are

Writing About Place

I grew up in Yakima, a small town in Central Washington that I was convinced I was bigger than. When I first left for college in Seattle, I didn't like returning home, even for a short visit. But as I continued to write, in college workshops or on my own, I found Yakima (or some… Continue reading Writing About Place