Writing advice for the writer who wants to be better than they were the day before

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I’m a professional Hugo Award finalist editor and writer with work appearing in top publications like Rue Morgue, Tordotcom, Vice, WIRED, and more. This is my place for you, the writer who wants to learn from someone in the trenches.

I not only share my advice, but I offer advice…


What I’ve been working on, learning, and publishing.

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The Fun of a Writer’s Life

I hope the end of your summer went well! I got to grab some early tickets to Fiyahcon, which was amazing. The convention was started last year by FIYAH Magazine, the publisher of my horror poem, A Demon at My Window. …


Stop letting the writers around you hold you back from your full potential

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A Group of Ones Own

When I was first starting out as a professional writer, one of the bits of advice best-selling authors gave me whenever I was brave enough to ask was to find and develop a great writing group. …


Edit and write your book like a professional to hook readers, land agents, and lockdown that book deal

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What is Developmental Editing?

Developmental editing takes into account the big picture and overall structure, story, and content of your book, including characters, dialogue, subplots, and the like. At this level, you won’t worry or focus too much on the grammar or copy editing side of things. …


My writing life has been swwwwweeeeeetttttt. Stop by and see what’s been up and let me know how writing has been for you

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Howdy from the PNW

I hope the end of your summer is going well! Write or publish anything fun over the past month?

With the end of summer and my rapid release approaching, I’m prepping for my month off in September. …


Level up your books by adding more texture and depth in all the right places

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What is Plot?

There’s no such thing as plot. Plot is the name writers and editors have labeled the story that takes place on the page. I’m going to talk about plot in a nebulous sense because it is. But I’ll also tell you how I see and use plot.

How you use…


How to make your fiction stand out from other writers by using literary storytelling elements

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Story Elements to Write By

Plots are big overarching beasts, but there are smaller parts of a story that help strengthen the plot. The basic ones we’ve already gone over (character, setting, scenes, chapters, etc.). But there are even smaller ones than those that build our full story.

They are point of view, style, themes/symbols…


What it comes down to and how to achieve them

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When working with writers as either an editor or ghostwriter, the question of how to end a story comes up A LOT. What I always try and remind my clients and writers who come to me is that the idea of a satisfying ending is all about the story idea


Elevate your understanding of what you can do with your essays, articles, and fiction.

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Knowledge is Power

I’ve come across and met a few writers who swear by not reading to get better at writing. They believe the only thing they need is life and a pen or computer. Everything else is inborn, unlearned talent. Talent that will carry their message to the right reader.

No need…


Two years later, I got a book deal, full-time writing dream life, and over 200 stories sold, and I haven’t looked back since.

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Cruel to Be Kind

Not everything that we do in life is necessary or helpful to our end goals and passions. In fact, most of the things we do are just hindrances. We scroll on our phones endlessly. Stay up way too late for our bodies and minds to function properly. …

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