Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge – December Update

As of right now, I’ve read 117 books this year. My goal was 115. Go me! I wrote one novel (and 5 agents are reading it right now!), and I’m halfway through writing another. I did a post about Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge a few months back, and I’m still as much of a Book…

Illustriously Deleted

Even if you just started writing five minutes ago, you’ve heard the phrase before I said it. Kill your darlings. I know what you’re thinking. No, that doesn’t mean you can murder your relatives so you’ll have more time to write. I’ve heard “Kill Your Darlings” defined as, in so many words: if you absolutely love…

Book of the Month Selections for August 2016

I’m a big fan of Book of the Month. That goes back to my dad, who subscribed in the 80s and 90s. The beautiful hardback books he got from them became my most treasured possessions; so of course I had to sign up. If you would like to sign up, too, use this link. Not…

Book List: Essential Florida Novels

In the summer of 2016, I went camping in the Keys. To get there, I drove more than six hours down the state from my home in Central Florida. I watched the landscape change from the temperate pine forests of my home, to the Everglades’ rivers of grass, to the bright blue waters I hopped…

Steps for Writing a Novel

The following is a set of steps I told my friend when he asked me how to write a novel. Obviously, there are myriad ways to go about writing. This is just one way, mine. If you write novels, feel free to comment with your process! 1. Try to find novels that sound like yours….

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2016

Those of you who know me know that I read – a lot. I’m trying to read 115 books this year. As of this post, I’ve read 65. (Only 50 to go! OMG!) Part of that is going to be the reading list for my MFA. I made that list myself. (Seriously though, I love…