The Five Stages of Editing Grief

You did it. You finally finished that book/article/short story. Your blood, sweat, and tears went into making it the very best it can be. You are so proud, a mother bird watching her little fledgling take flight as you hit the button to send the final product out! Maybe it takes several days, even several […]

The Science of Story

Confession: I am a huge fan of superhero movies. Specifically, I love Marvel superhero movies. Take a look at any article posted online about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and you will instantly find the heated debates about why the Marvel movies are more successful than the DC movies. The theories range from criticisms of the […]

Dear Authors: Drop Your Defenses!

Sometimes as an author it feels like getting words out of your head and onto paper is as painful as giving birth. Naturally, when those word finally do make it out into the world, they feel like our baby. This story or article or book you’ve written is an expression of what is inside you. […]

Writing Tips: 3 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

It happens to all of us. We are pounding out hundreds (if not thousands!) of words in a single sitting… and then BAM. Nothing. It’s as though your brain has become a wrung sponge incapable of producing a single drop of brilliance. Maybe you just lost the inspiration to write. Maybe life decided to put […]

5 Fantastic Reasons to Love Realm Makers

It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks since the Realm Makers writers’ conference. After it was over, I spent almost a month visiting friends and family in sunny California. I’m finally back in New Zealand (with spring right around the corner), and I’ve had some time to reflect and collect my thoughts about the […]

5 Films & Soundtracks for Your Writer’s Playlist

What is it about movies and music that fuel our creativity as writers? I can still remember watching classic films like “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “White Christmas,” singing and dancing along—it’s ingrained in me from childhood. Later in life, I developed a love for different musical genres, experiencing them one at a time […]