What I wish I’d known when I was querying

1. Do. Something. Else. I was the worst because I had so few hobbies besides writing. Reading, sure, but after a while lines start to blur and “I’ll read this book by a stranger!” turned to “I’ll read this book by a Twitter friend!” turned to “I’ll read this manuscript by a critique partner or …

I, a teen, have feelings about how you, an adult, write teen dialogue

This is something I struggle with personally. I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at it over time, especially since I’ve started to consider dialogue one of my stronger spots. So let’s just jump right into some specific things I find that need fixing or more visibility: (Actually, first, please note: I am anticipating getting responses …

The life you save may be your own

[this blog post discusses suicide at length] Because I am the world’s most teenager-y teenager, this is written with someone in mind and I’m not going to tell you who. I think other people might need to hear it too, though, with winter setting in and the holidays coming up and the year ending and all, …

The best laid plans and breaking worlds

I have a bit of a book commitment problem. Three days or two months or half a year after finishing a manuscript, I’ll get the first idea for my next one, and it will seem so, so amazing—whether because of the premise or the characters or the voice. I’ll be invested from the get-go and I’ll …

There’s no way you’re getting a coherent blog post title out of me right now.

Hi! I’m trying out WordPress for my writing blog, hence why this is posted on my Blogger blog and over here. It’s the same post—I’m just toying around with this site. Feel free to follow me; I hope to post more over here!   (I command you to listen to The Civil Wars’s “Poison and Wine” while …