How I Accidentally Wrote a Love Triangle [SPOILERS for Swords & Fire!]

OKAY it’s been long enough since THE UNBOUND EMPIRE came out! I’m finally ready to make my tell-all post about Amalia’s romance arc in the Swords & Fire series! WOOHOO!!!!!! GET READY!!!!!! BUT! This is SUPER SPOILERY. DO NOT READ THIS POST UNTIL AFTER YOU FINISH THE UNBOUND EMPIRE. I mean it! You will beContinue reading “How I Accidentally Wrote a Love Triangle [SPOILERS for Swords & Fire!]”

Editing Process for THE UNBOUND EMPIRE

I just turned in my second round of edits on THE UNBOUND EMPIRE! During the first (structral) round of edits, I posted a Twitter thread about the process. Here’s a lightly edited version of that thread: When I was young and foolish, I thought revising/editing was just what I now understand to be line editsContinue reading “Editing Process for THE UNBOUND EMPIRE”

Book 3 Writing Process (So Far)

This month I turned in my first round of edits for Book 3 of Swords and Fire, yay! I thought it might be fun to share a bit of what the process for writing it has been like so far. First phase: Brainstorming. This was my first time writing the conclusion of a trilogy, andContinue reading “Book 3 Writing Process (So Far)”

So Many Notes

I just finished my first full draft of Book 3 of Swords & Fire last night (yay!). This morning I’m making an edit triage doc, and I thought it might be fun to make a quick writing process post on how many notes I make while drafting. (Spoiler: A LOT.) For this draft alone (andContinue reading “So Many Notes”

Outlining Process

I fall firmly into the “plotter” category, preferring to plan things in advance when I write a book. I generally have dozens of pages of notes and an outline before I start writing page one. I wasn’t always that way—in high school, I wrote a (really terrible) novel (on notepads, in pen) with the ruleContinue reading “Outlining Process”

Slow Progress Beats No Progress

I’ve been working on a new book lately, but the going has been slow because of pressing day job deadlines and other Real Life things. However, I have been trying to squeeze in at least a few hundred words a day. And I have been amazed at what a difference in my sense of creativeContinue reading “Slow Progress Beats No Progress”