Write What You Want

A few years ago, I belonged to an online writers' group where I posted The Claiming Words for critique. For the most part, I received good feedback, but there was one review that really got to me. Good reviews can make you smile all day, but bad reviews tend to revisit you, playing in your … Continue reading Write What You Want

Defining Multicultural Fiction

As an author who has tagged a couple of my books with the "multicultural fiction" label, one would think I had a very clear understanding of what multicultural fiction means. I don't. Well, I know how I define multicultural, but others might have a different view. In The Claiming Words, my two main female characters … Continue reading Defining Multicultural Fiction

NaNoWriMo and Setting Realistic Goals

It's mid-November and for those authors who signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where authors make a commitment to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days), we're knee deep in novel-writing frenzy. Or, at least we're supposed to be. For authors who are on track toward achieving their goal, NaNoWriMo provides … Continue reading NaNoWriMo and Setting Realistic Goals

Write the Book First

Which comes first? The book or the bling? I've been stumbling across more and more writers who construct book trailers, book-based websites, book covers, and Facebook pages LONG before the first draft of their book is complete. While it is advisable to establish an author platform before you publish, how much is too much? Does … Continue reading Write the Book First

Juggling for Writers

Balance. It's a topic I've blogged about before. More than once, actually. It's a topic worth blogging about again. Why? Because some comments I received on my last blog post reminded me that balance is a topic that is vitally important. If you didn't read my last post, I talked about the importance of having … Continue reading Juggling for Writers