USA Today bestselling author, LS Hawker writes gritty, twisted thrillers you can't put down. I know. I read THE DROWNING GAME. My clammy hands gripped the paperback as I flipped through pages until the surprise ending. I had to catch my breath. When I discovered THE THROWAWAYS would be published today (Yes, it's a book... Continue Reading →
You can write a book in one month. All it takes is an idea that excites you and a few tips I learned during Nanowrimo - National Novel Writing Month. Read on to find out how! Writing a novel seems like a huge undertaking given how many hours it takes to complete a draft. With... Continue Reading →
Want to get into the habit of writing thousands of words a day? Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month AKA Nanowrimo? I've learned some tricks that might help you reach your goal. Four years ago, I wrote a draft of my second book in a series, hitting around two thousand words per day... Continue Reading →
After persevering through the daunting task of writing their first novel, some writers (like me) have made the monumental mistake of thinking it's finished and query it too soon. Taking it out of the oven half-baked and presenting it to customers can be unnerving while they chew on the sticky dough. Most spit it out... Continue Reading →
There are many kinds of old thoughts. The most common are negative. We play out scenes where we have felt loss or have been wounded long ago. They’re on a loop.
Good morning Wild Riders and Happy Summer to you! Remember when I met Shia LaBeouf in May? Well he, Nastja Ronkko, and Luke Turner have been hitchhiking since May 23rd. Every day, they have posted their new coordinates at noon on Twitter and have taken a ride from whomever picks them up first. GPS placed... Continue Reading →
If you let your subconscious take over, it will do a better job of creating conflict and writing a book.
I attended my fourth writer's conference. Although they are similar in format, this one always stands out in friendliness and inclusivity. A positive energy source emanates throughout the Colorado Spring's Marriott. It must be built upon a special kind of bedrock. Agents, editors, and best-selling authors are willing to have conversations with people like me;... Continue Reading →
When I wrote my 25, 000th word for National Novel Writing Month, it reminded me of swimming through the Boulder Reservoir to touch the ice during the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. They’re both a sink or swim venture. It got tough when I could barely touch the bottom. My legs and arms grew... Continue Reading →
I bet you're addicted. Come on. Admit it. How many times an hour do you check stats, emails, social media or text messages? Is it hard to unplug? How long do you procrastinate before settling down to do real work? Although I have found my passion in writing and always meet deadlines, I recognized my... Continue Reading →
A virginal experience can be frightening and take you out of your comfort zone, but it can also help you in ways you could never have imagined. This is exactly why I attended my first writer’s conference. I compiled a list of tips just for you! Be on time. The morning of the conference started... Continue Reading →