IWSG Day: Writing Through Life (and doggy drama)

Writing Through Life (and doggy drama) The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. October’s Question is: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something? My answer is yes. Major life events can affectContinue reading “IWSG Day: Writing Through Life (and doggy drama)”

Twitter Pitch Parties Are About More Than Just The Likes

When seeking an agent or publisher for a novel, I participate in every twitter pitch party I get the chance to. So far, no one “like” or “heart” has landed me an agent or a book deal, but I still participate. They help me figure out what agents like the kind of stories I write, andContinue reading “Twitter Pitch Parties Are About More Than Just The Likes”

Concussive Puppy Trouble

This is the longest I have gone without making a new post since I started this blog, and it might be a while before I get back to my regular posts, so I figured I’d hop on for a few minutes and let you all know what is going on. Late January was the startContinue reading “Concussive Puppy Trouble”

Beta Readers & Remembering my Characters are NOT me.

Good beta readers and critique partners are essential for writers, not just because they make individual manuscripts stronger, but also because they can make writers aware of problematic patterns. My beta readers often comment that my characters don’t react or show emotion to big things – like finding out demons exits, losing a loved one,Continue reading “Beta Readers & Remembering my Characters are NOT me.”

National Novel Writing Month: 2017

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the days are getting short, and it’s almost time to embark on an adventure: National Novel Writing Month. Last year, I wrote a romantic sci-fi thriller about a hacker and a small town boy on the run from some government contractors. After a fewContinue reading “National Novel Writing Month: 2017”

ISWSP October Question: #ownvoices?

October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose? My answer: Yes, but sometimes it is more intentional than others While none of my characters are directly based off of my self, many of them share my non-binary gender identity. They struggle withContinue reading “ISWSP October Question: #ownvoices?”

Publication and Politics

For the past few years, I had been living under a metaphorical rock. Things like the news, current, events, and politics gave me panic attacks. Last year, I had a wake up call and realized that ignoring  the news wasn’t making it any less scary. I used to show my students a documentary called “TheContinue reading “Publication and Politics”

Empty Space and Writing by Sara Codair

I hate empty space. Fortunately, this helps my writing process more than it harms it. When I see emptiness, I feel the need to fill it. If there is a room with too much empty floor, I want to get more furniture. If the table is empty, I get urges to clutter it up withContinue reading “Empty Space and Writing by Sara Codair”