This year I’ve been invited to my first ever Salt Lake Comic Con! I’m so excited to travel to Utah and present at a number of panels, including moderating Say It On The Page! which is going to be all about LGBTQ+ rep actualized in novels.
I had so much fun at DragonCon this year! It was a blast to reunite with some amazing folks who I only pretty much get to see once a year, and it was so much fun being on the panels LGBTQIA in YA, Magic and Worldbuilding, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and the Craft of Dystopia!
This week I’m heading to DragonCon, and I’m so excited! It’s going to be such a great time, I’ve got so many exciting things planned, including two panels: The Craft of Dystopia in Westin Chastain F-H on Saturday and LGBTQIA in YA in Marriot A707 on Sunday!
I remember my very first SDCC: I was overwhelmed, nervous, and just loved all the nerdery of it all. I walked the floors, went to panels, and waited for hours and hours in line to get a chance to see some of the creators who inspired me so much. This year I was invited as a guest to SDCC and it was such an amazing experience!
SIDEKICK SQUAD, BOOK TWO — Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most wanted villain.
SIDEKICK SQUAD, BOOK ONE — Jess Tran is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own…
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific…a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love.
You know the feeling, you’re staring at your draft, stuck on a scene, not knowing how to move forward, or even if there is a way. This section of your outline says “stuff?? things/!?!” in lieu of actual plotty bits, and you’re just like, “Thanks, past me.” Your characters linger on the page, unsure of where to go to next but your brain is fried and you’re just… stuck.
Here are five writing exercises to help get those creative juices flowing again.
So you’ve gotten to that sweet spot where you’re inspired, the creative juices are flowing, and you’re writing, writing, writing.. whether you’re in the middle of a writing sprint or doing NanoWriMo or just trying to finish this draft, one of the key things about writing is not to edit when you’re in the middle of getting your first thoughts down. So how do you focus your creative energy? A few ideas to keep from getting distracted by editing, research, and more.
When introducing characters in your novel, a great way to avoid that unsightly infodump or a huge wall of description in the text is to sprinkle in details as we meet your characters. A neat way to focus on this is to engage the reader’s senses…