• Genre

    Details Make the Story-Genre Specific Research

    The story’s magic is in the details, and details come from good research. It may seem like common sense that a writer should and must do research for any story containing experiences or places the author has not experienced. However, it can be a step that is sometimes skipped in favor of just getting the story written. No matter what genre you are writing, this is a mistake. When I first started writing, I was straight up romance all the time. In that vein, my shelves were lined with romance novels not only because I loved to read them, but also as research for what I was writing. The novels…

  • Inspiration,  Uncategorized

    Five Reasons Why I Would Write Series Fiction (And One Reason I Wouldn’t)

    What to read? I’m at the library, looking for something to check out and I see a row of similar-looking spines, books all by the same author, some with numbers on them. It’s a little army of series fiction! (And almost always one of those numbers is missing!) I have an irrational insecurity around serial fiction as a reader. I feel like I have to start at book one if I’m going to start at all, and then, I wonder, will I feel compelled to read all the books in the series? What will I miss out on in the literary world if I get to the end of Adam…

  • Beautiful Words,  Uncategorized

    Ten Signs You May Be A Literary Writer: A Very Silly Quiz

    You’re writing a book and all of your hundreds of readers want to know. “What’s it about?” And you, gather them around you, adjust your cravat, look over your half moon glasses that are pretentiously hanging from a gold chain around your neck and you say, “I’m not really sure.” Why can’t you explain? It’s because your story seems to transcend certain genres, it’s a journey or it’s an introspective. Words like “romance” or “fantasy” don’t seem big enough. You, dear writer, could be writing literary fiction! But you say, “I don’t want to write literary fiction! Because I know the market for these kinds of stories! Yesterday I had…