Plot, generally. But they go hand in hand. Obviously, if I'm writing a book in a series that's already established, I have a basic cast of characters to work with already. But when it comes to a new series or a short story that's independent of a series, I tend to start with a scenario or … [Read more...] about What comes first, the plot or characters?
Sort of. I don't usually write more than one thing at a time, because I don't want to run my well dry. But I'm often brainstorming & outlining other things while I'm writing or editing something else. That way, I can dive right into first drafting when I finish the current … [Read more...] about Do you work on more than one project at a time?
I've been in the mood for a crafting/farming game lately, but have had a hard time scratching that itch. I can't say that Graveyard Keeper does that, per se, but it has been a delightful adventure. In Graveyard Keeper, you play... a graveyard keeper. But it's not all landscaping and … [Read more...] about What I’m Playing: Graveyard Keeper
My family is quite supportive of my writing. My husband is one of my alpha readers, and his feedback has been invaluable over the years. My mother and grandmother both read my books once they're published (which I try not to think about while I'm writing them), and one of my aunts is a fan too. I'm … [Read more...] about What does your family think of your writing?
A couple of years ago, I took a trip to New Orleans with a few fellow authors, and while I was there I was introduced to the concept of mind mapping by one of my cohorts. What is a mind map? You've probably seen one before, you just didn't realize what it was. According to mindmapping.com, "A … [Read more...] about Mind Mapping