Self Editing

Editing is not my favorite part of the writing process. Other than formatting, it’s probably my least favorite. How can one stay focused while doing something one dislikes? You have to have a plan and work through each step. I tend to get finished with one step and get really excited and jump ahead toContinue reading “Self Editing”

Lost in the World

Writing fantasy and sci-fi takes a very special idea in this day and age. It takes a unique question twisted up with a theme set in a world with beings who struggle, fail and through dumb luck and fierce will answer the question and find their path. As a fantasy and sci-fi writer you getContinue reading “Lost in the World”

Taking Your Outline Too Far

Some people outline and some don’t. Neither way is wrong. Some people do both, depending on the book they are writing and how it comes into their head. If you do outline your book before diving into the first draft, make sure your outline stays an outline and doesn’t become so detailed that you feelContinue reading “Taking Your Outline Too Far”

Commit and Finish

So many people want to write a book. I think it must be on about 65% of the populations bucket list. Yes, I just pulled that out of my back pocket, but it feels right. They may even delve into the pool of ideas and words. The struggle for most who get to the pointContinue reading “Commit and Finish”

Mama’s Choice

Mama’s Choice is now available in the Amazon store. This is a wonderful book for all types of mother child relationships including adoption, kinship, stepparents, and natural parents. Mama’s are more than the ones who carry us in their bellies or sit upon our eggs. Mama means hugs, kisses, and cuddles. Mama means I loveContinue reading “Mama’s Choice”

Big Feelings Little Ballerina

Big Feelings, Little Ballerina is now available in both ebook and paperback on Amazon! This is a debut children’s picture book for Nicole McBride. Riley Ann is a little ballerina with big feelings and when they happen, she says not so nice things to people she loves. No one wants to play with Riley AnnContinue reading “Big Feelings Little Ballerina”

Cover Research

The cover of your book is arguably the most important piece of creating your book. I believe the statement “Don’t judge a book by its cover is exactly opposite of what happens.” is now a cliché. I’ve read some rendition of that statement on every blog and heard it in every YouTube video on creatingContinue reading “Cover Research”

Back Matter

Back matter or end matter is the stuff you put at the end of your story. It’s what you type after you have typed “The End.” Just as in front matter, there are a lot of different things you can stick at the back of your book. Some of it is standard and some ofContinue reading “Back Matter”