Taking the Business Out of Writing

I love writing. Specifically, the craft of writing. The business of writing, though, can stress me out. Once my work goes from "doing it because I want to tell a story" to "doing it because I want to tell a story that gets published" automatically … [Read more...]

Outlining with the Dames

Dame Rinda and Dame Rachel barefoot plotting

Yesterday I opened the blog for questions, and one of our readers asked something that we Dames thought would make a great blog post. Thank you, Cassie for asking us this: "To any/all Dames: how loosely/tightly do you outline a project, and do you … [Read more...]

Brick Breaking Tips for Writers And A Contest

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Hey - want to see an author break a brick? That's me. :) Now, you have to understand why this moment is so important to me: during my taekwondo black-belt test, I was not successful in my two attempts to break a brick. I'd attempted with a … [Read more...]

Plot that Evil. Plot it!

Brace yourself, people. I’m going to talk plotting. *waits for room to empty* Okay, now that it’s just the two of us here, I’m going to tell you how I plot a novel. Well, I’m going to tell you the tools I use to plot a novel. Fair warning: this … [Read more...]

Finding Inspiration & Doing the Work

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There is so much going on in my world right now, and most hectic among those things is the fact that I'm moving flats apartments. It is the first of two moves this year (if all goes to plan), so being an interim sort of stage - i.e. putting piles of … [Read more...]