Writing Secondary Characters from the Inside Out

My growth as a writer consists largely of “Well, DUH!” moments, where I realize in a blazing epiphany something super obvious I should have known all along. My latest is about writing secondary characters, and I’d like to share it with you. (I can’t say that without hearing a folk guitar intro in the background,Continue reading “Writing Secondary Characters from the Inside Out”

Dear Newbie Querier Me, Part Two: Forget Personalization

(This is another thing I wish I could go back in time and tell myself at the beginning of my querying career.) Dear Newbie Querier Me, I know you keep reading that you need to personalize each query to the specific agent you’re querying. I know you see agent interview after agent interview where theyContinue reading “Dear Newbie Querier Me, Part Two: Forget Personalization”

On Tearing Down Walls

I grew up wanting to see more girls with swords on book covers. When I find one, it still makes me feel all warm and happy inside (especially if she’s wearing sufficient clothing, but that’s a whole ‘nother issue). It means I have a place in stories — a place I want, and a place IContinue reading “On Tearing Down Walls”