Takeaways From R. L. Stine’s MasterClass

I’ve completed about a third of the lessons in R. L. Stine’s MasterClass and I’m loving it. Here are a few of my take-always so far. Writing doesn’t have to be hard and stop listening to the people who say it does. Spend the difficult hours on the outline so the writing time is fun….

Joanna Penn’s Recurring Book Recommendations

Authors are interviewed on podcasts all the time, and nearly every episode includes at least one book recommendation. Once in awhile, I hear the same recommendation over and over. Here are three recurring recommendations from The Creative Penn podcast.

4 Websites to Simplify Author Marketing

It’s day two of the Florida Writers Conference in Orlando and I have pages of notes and insights from this amazing community of writers. In the spirit of sharing the wealth, here are four new websites I’ve learned about and can’t wait to explore: Yasiv: Enter a book title and discover a network of related…

All Children’s Hospital Patient Story

I recently had the honor of working with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital on a story about a remarkable patient. His rare genetic mutation inspired one of the JHACH doctors to launch an international investigation into potential treatment options and their outcomes. 

Writing Role Models: Lots of Characters and Backstory in Chapter 1

n the first ten pages of a novel, characters need to become whole, rich people that we care about. We need hooks to keep us reading, questions that need answers, and enough plot to let us know we’re in for a good ride. It’s tough to fit it all in, and seeing it done well helps me identify what to include, and more importantly, what to cut.