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Read anything good lately?

One of my goals for 2016 is to constantly be reading quality fiction. I’ve been so focused on researching for my historical fiction project that I haven’t read as many novels lately, and my writing ability has suffered for it. Writers have to read!

What I need from you, dear readers, is recommendations. I don’t care very much about genre or what the story is about. All I need is good quality writing. If the book made you stop and go back to read passages again because it was just that beautiful, I want it! If you kept reading parts of it aloud to everyone you saw, give it here!

You can comment on this post, or tell me on Facebook or Twitter, or go to my contact page and send me an email. I need to fill up an entire year with books, and I am a very fast reader. Help me, friends. Help me.

Pay yourself when you aren’t getting paid

Do you respond better to fear, or praise? Punishment, or encouragement? When you’re having a hard time getting your important work done — especially if it’s work you’re doing for yourself, with no boss or external deadline keeping you on track — how do you stay disciplined and make it happen? One thing that has… Continue Reading

My writing toolbox: collaboration edition

My partner and I are working on our second novel together. (Yay!) There’s a lot to coordinate when you’re writing with someone else, especially when you’re doing historical fiction with significant research involved, and along the way we’ve collected a nice bunch of software that helps us stay on track. For staying in sync Dropbox:… Continue Reading

I lost and I won

Last month, I was more of a runner than a writer. I know, right? What’s the world coming to? In the last few days of April I successfully completed the Zombies, Run! 5k Training app, and I miserably lost Camp NaNoWriMo. Instead of obsessing over characters and plots, I obsessed over pace and form and… Continue Reading