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

3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing

3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing

Do you like flying on airplanes? I don’t. The heights make my stomach churn and my skin turn greener. The worst part is that ominous feeling of going bankrupt because I know that every extra sentence I pack is going to cost me ten bookmarks (that’s like ten dollars in human terms). You humans may … Continue reading 3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing

Today’s Lunch Special: Robot Rawrs: Death Trap

Today’s Lunch Special: Robot Rawrs: Death Trap

There’s nothing quite like a good book for lunch (or dinner or breakfast or really any time), but it’s not every day I get the pleasure of sinking my teeth into one of chef Sigmund Brontor’s savory concoctions. Some of the ingredients include: Sirens blasting. Solar panels that aren’t working. Only enough oxygen for five … Continue reading Today’s Lunch Special: Robot Rawrs: Death Trap