New Grub Street Article on Music and Writing

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Grub Street has published my article “Using Music to Enhance Your Writing” at their Grub Daily blog! This piece shares examples of how writers have used music to help with concentration, mood, setting, and character development. It also offers tips on how to practice “music immersion” with your writing, from letting your piece choose the music to tuning out lyrics.

Click here to read “Using Music to Enhance Your Writing.”

Freelance Article Round-Up: September 2014

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Welcome to this month’s Freelance Article Round-Up! If you read last month’s, you might have noticed something different about today’s. See the logo above? 😀 What do you think?

Freelance Article Round-Up is a monthly series (or bimonthly, depending on my freelancing schedule) to keep you abreast of the articles I’ve written outside of this blog. I’ll also offer a glimpse into the coming month’s assignments and other exciting happenings.

Here’s what I’ve been up to since the July / August Round-Up. Continue reading

Freelance Article Round-Up: July / August 2014

Happy last day of August, everyone!

As recently promised, today is Launch Day for the Freelance Article Round-Up series. These articles will post at the end of every month (or every other month, depending on my freelancing schedule) to keep you abreast of the articles I’ve written outside of this blog. I’ll also offer a glimpse into the coming month’s assignments. So, let’s get started!

Tea Time at Reverie (Tea Reviews)

After debuting the Tea Time column at A Bibliophile’s Reverie in June, three more articles have been posted over the past two months. I’ve covered teas of different types and flavors in each article to ensure variety. That way, readers don’t get to read about the same kinds of teas over and over again. 😉

Here are links to those tea reviews:

What’s Coming in September

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What’s this? More tea?? Yes, please!

We’ve got thrilling news for Tea Time at Reverie: Instead of reviewing tea from my personal stash, I’m going to try samples from generous teasellers! Yezi Tea’s package arrived last week, and more are coming from a couple other vendors. This is an amazing opportunity for the Tea Time column and for ABR in general. It also means I’m going to run out of room on my tea shelf at home – but that’s OK with me! *lol*

I’m also finishing my next piece for Grub Street’s blog. It talks about how writers can use music to enhance their writing, from creating the right headspace or emotion for a particular scene, to developing characters and settings. I listen to music whenever I write for these and other reasons, so I thought this would be a neat topic. Do any of you immerse yourself in music when you write?

That’s it for now. I hope you’ll come back on Tuesday, September 30th for the next Freelance Article Round-Up! In the meantime, check back here in the coming days and weeks for a new installment of Chronicling The Craft (novel-writing progress series), Recent Reads (book reviews), Music Mondays, and the launch of the Author Interviews series!

New Article at Grub Street on Critiquing Manuscripts

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Grub Street has published my new article “How to Offer Constructive Feedback that Writers Will Love” at their blog! This piece discusses the importance of critiquing other writers’ works and suggests possible questions to ask yourself when reviewing / critiquing / beta-reading someone’s manuscript. It also offers advice on more “administrative” areas such as sticking to deadlines, communicating with the author, and balancing tact and honesty in your response. If you’re considering critiquing or beta-reading manuscripts or getting ready to have others read your work, this article can help you prepare for either experience.

Click here to read “How to Offer Constructive Feedback that Writers Will Love.”

And if you missed it previously, click here to read “Hello, My Name Is…: Using Journal-Writing for Character Development,” which Grub Street published in February.

Also, many thanks to Sara Litchfield for letting me beta-read her novel The Night Butterflies and for inspiring this article! Her story offers a unique twist on dystopian science fiction, and I’m really looking forward to seeing (and re-reading) the finished product once it’s out. Click here to visit Sara’s blog / website, Right Ink On The Wall.

Coming Soon: Music Monday Reviews will return next week with my thoughts on Divided We Fall’s full-length debut CD Dreamcrusher.

Join Me for Tea Time at A Bibliophile’s Reverie!

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining A Bibliophile’s Reverie as their tea reviewer! As you can tell from the blog’s name, A Bibliophile’s Reverie features mostly book reviews written in an accurate, creative, and unconventional manner. The blog also features periodic contests and book giveaways. The staff recently decided to expand their article offerings to include reviews of different beverages, including tea.

Here’s a link to my first article, a review of Tea Forté’s Oasis Green Tea.

If you’ve visited my blog before or seen me use the hashtag #teatime on Twitter, chances are you already know I love tea. Black, green, herbal, white, jasmine – I keep canisters full of different teas at home and at work, and I’m willing to give just about any kind a try. Reviewing my favorite beverage for A Bibliophile’s Reverie will be a fantastic opportunity to combine two of my passions and help me exercise my writing muscles in ways I haven’t used them before. In short: I’m super-excited about this new venture!

I’ll continue to post links to all future tea reviews on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Otherwise, I invite you to follow A Bibliophile’s Reverie directly to receive all tea and book reviews as they’re posted. I hope to see you there!

Coming Soon: Stay tuned for my next Grub Street article on manuscript critiques, as well as a review of Maria V. Snyder’s novel Poison Study!

New Writing Article at Grub Street’s Blog!

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Great news to share with you today: Grub Street, a creative writing organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, has published an article I’ve written for their blog! “Hello, My Name Is…: Using Journal-Writing for Character Development” explores one possible method for getting to know your protagonist (or any character for your story). I discovered this method during a one-day workshop on character development at – where else? – Grub Street last summer, and I’ve enjoyed the journal-writing experience for my novel-in-progress’s protagonist so much that I wanted to share what I’ve learned with other aspiring writers.

Click here to read “Hello, My Name Is….”

Coming Soon: Apart from next Monday’s Mini-Review on Elysion’s Someplace Better, I might have a new Chronicling The Craft article online within the next couple weeks! I’m already 1,600 words away from the 45,000-mark on my novel-in-progress. Yippee!