My Top Ten Favorite Books

I have often heard that if you want to be a great writer you have to be a great reader. Reading books is a great way to learn the art of composition. It’s also a great way to find inspiration for the caliber of a writer that you want to be. Even while writing this…

The grueling work of editing & revising

Thank you to everyone who has been following my journey thus far! I finally completed my first rough draft and will now roll up my sleeves for the arduous task of editing and revising my work. This is a very scary step for me; It feels like it could drag on in a never ending spiral…

A nod to two greats

I have always been an avid reader. I love opening a book and taking in the musky scent of the pages that promise to transport me into a fantasy. I prefer reading physical books, I’m not on the kindle/nook train. It may be old school but I want to clench the book covers in my…

On Using a Pseudonym

When I became serious about writing my first novel, I had to decide if I would use my birth name or a pen name. “To be, or not to be; that is the question” (Shakespeare’s Hamlet), that was the idiom that popped into my head when I first debated the use of a pseudonym. Ok…

The Author Platform

As I got closer towards the end of my first rough draft the impending question came upon me, ‘What do I do next?’ Logically I began to freak out. I bought books, and googled every combination of keywords that seemed to give me credible advice on getting published. One thing that they all mentioned was…

The Overly Sensitive Writer

One thing that I never understood about the writing process until I began writing my book is how personal the project is to the writer. How invasive it feels when someone reads even a small excerpt before you’re ready. I heard about writers like Stephenie Meyer who had intended to write the first installment of…

So I decided to put pen to paper…

“Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.” – JK Rowling Like many aspiring authors I have often scared myself away from writing. The initial excitement comes when you come up with The Story, you start getting your supplies ready – journal, laptop, typewriter, etc. – then as you let…