Author: Aberdeen the Authorosaurus

The 6 Most Common Plot Holes and How to Fix Them (or not)

The 6 Most Common Plot Holes and How to Fix Them (or not)

Have you ever sat down to write and the ground caved in under you? Yep, that’s right, I’m talking about plot holes. Those nasty little natural disasters that the weather channel conveniently forgets to post a warning about (besides, of course, those 99 other things they don’t issue watches for until a storm is 23.5 … Continue reading The 6 Most Common Plot Holes and How to Fix Them (or not)

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Fall, Facebook, & Finished

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Fall, Facebook, & Finished

I can hardly believe it’s September already and I’ve had my blog for THREE months now! I feel like it was just yesterday that my little piece of the prehistoric world went up on the internet. I guess it’s because I’m so caught up in my characters’ worlds that I forget about my own. But … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Fall, Facebook, & Finished

The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

Have you ever had writer’s block? Well, that’s a stupid question, of course you have! Every writer has encountered the block at some point and the ones that haven’t are either utter geniuses or incorrigible liars. Having battled the block myself, I thought I’d share my battle strategies with you. They are practically foolproof (don’t … Continue reading The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing

12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing

Writing isn’t hard. Pounding out five words per second isn’t hard. Deliberating about plots for endless hours isn’t hard. It’s BACKBREAKING (or more accurately, brainbreaking)! And my characters think I’m tough on them. But I’m not half so hard on them as they are on me. Needless to say, I’m utterly disgusted by my chosen … Continue reading 12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

You remember how last month I was celebrating my boss lady’s completion of her book? Yeah, you guessed it, the completion wasn’t so complete—I can hear you mentally laughing, so stop it. The only person who’s allowed to laugh at her fickleness is me. So I’ll laugh for you. Ha ha ha. What happened was … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

Most people watch movies. I don’t watch movies; I ingest them, then my boss lady dissects them until there’s nothing left but a jumbled mess of arcs, themes, plot holes, and characters who should’ve been fleshed out more. It can be a little gruesome at times, but overall it’s an educating experience. Our most recent … Continue reading 5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops

Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops

I’ve never liked serving my books—making them, yes, serving them, no. I was so afraid I’d ram my book down another dinosaur’s throat and make them choke (I’ve had too many other Authorosauruses do that to me). Joanna Pentaceratops (aka Joanna Penn in the human world) showed me how to serve (aka market) my book … Continue reading Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops