Sometimes the hardest part of writing a book is coming up with all of the names. Character names, town names, store names. I wanted to write a blog post about how I go about this process, but after thinking about it, I realized I have no scientific method for naming. As so many creative endeavors … Continue reading Naming Characters in Unscientific Ways
I've posted a few photos of my Alphasmart Neo on social media lately and many authors always ask about it. Some have even said they like the idea of one, but it seems too hard. Seriously, it can't get any EASIER than the Alphasmart. So I made this post to show you all how it's … Continue reading Writing with an Alphasmart
Amazon has this new feature and it's free and fun and can even earn you some extra money if you're an Amazon Affiliate. It's called the feature and it'll work on any ebook, not just your own!Embed is perfect for giving someone a free preview of your book from your own website, and you don't … Continue reading Cool new Amazon Embed feature
So you've finally finished your first draft and it's time to edit it? Awesome! I'm in the same boat! Before you give your book to ANYONE to beta read, you need to do at least one to two passes of edits first. Since I'm about to dive into edits on my latest manuscript, I thought … Continue reading Cheyanne’s Tips for Editing a First Draft
After being an indie author for three years, I learned a lot while working with Alloy Entertainment on the City of Legends trilogy. In the last nine months of working with my editor, I've probably learned more about writing, editing, and telling a story than I learned in the last five years I've been writing.One … Continue reading The art of writing crap in a first draft.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, it's no secret that my dog, Nova, is my favorite family member and best friend. She held this title long before I became a full time writer, but now that I no longer have a corporate day job, Nova is the best coworker I've ever had. She's … Continue reading 5 Reasons Writers need a Dog
So I was hanging out with a bunch of 13 year olds - aka substitute teaching them - and during a keyboarding class, they told me their fastest typist in the class could type sixty words a minute.I told them I typed 130wpm and was instantly praised as the coolest (if not nerdiest) person in … Continue reading If you want to be a writer when you grow up…
This video had me laughing my butt off and I think you guys will like it too!