A look at my debut series and the superpowers that went into its creation

About the series: Nate is the master of darkness and shadows. Clara has explosive telekinetic abilities. When the Blue Star, the most dangerous power source known, steals Clara’s memories and leaves her with blue blood and a lightning scar, she’s forced to run away from The Complex and the evil threats chasing her. On a path to corruption from the cold, Clara and Nate discover there’s a lot more behind the Blue Star than they first believed. Will they stop the evil before it takes control of her?

Okay, I’ve always been in love with superpowers. It’s one of my…


What does a sustainable creative practice look like?

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It’s really important to develop a sustainable creative practice, but what exactly does that look like? What works for you might not work for others, but there are some key themes that can help you build a creative process that helps you stay focused, stay passionate, and have fun!

Mentions: The Expanse to Donoma

Confession: straying from routine

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Show Notes:

Sustainable creative practices look different for everyone

  • create what works for you

go in with a beginner’s mindset — be open, curious, and explore the depths of your creativity

  • the more you do this, the more you release perfectionism, the easier this becomes
  • give yourself permission…

Wrapping up promises and giving satisfaction while setting up the next book

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Delivering an ending, whether it’s book 1 in the series or the end of a series arc, can be a challenge. I talk about wrapping up your promises and giving readers satisfaction while still setting up the next book.

Mentions: Star Collapsed || Prequel Story (FREE)

Confession: knowing when to end

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Show Notes

How to end a book series

  • an ending delivers on the promises made in earlier books in the series, giving readers the satisfaction of a story ending
  • tie up loose ends that you introduced earlier

Trying to get more writing done? I’ve been using a bullet journal along with my planner to help me hit my writing goals. I dropped some tips into organizing your…


Some features I use while writing my novels

I would like to preface this article with the comment that I had this entire thing written and a cat jumped on the keyboard and I lost everything… I am incredibly sad.

When it comes to writing tools, there’s only one I use religiously to write all of my books. The Scrivener writing software is by far the best tool for making the writing process go so much faster, and with the compile function, I can get my manuscript into publish-ready format in a matter of seconds.

Favorite Scrivener Features

  • One time purchase — I’m getting sick of the whole “subscription” thing. Scrivener…

To curse or not to curse?

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To curse, or not to curse? I’m talking about my favorite curse word and the choices to use it in my writing.

Mentions: ARC team || The Expanse to Donoma

Confession: using the f-bomb in my latest work

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Show Notes

Is it realistic?

  • where are you using these words? Dialogue? Narrative? Are there specific characters who use it more?

Are other words to use?

  • think about why you’re choosing this moment to drop a swear.

How does your perspective change how you use the words?

  • first or third person POV changes how you use the words (in dialogue or narrative)

A look inside my (soon to be 10 book) high fantasy series

Have you been reading my latest high fantasy Warrior Series? There are ten episodes set in this fantasy world, each one a self-contained story while adding to the mystery and suspense of the overarching plot. From the kingdoms of Ciro and Donoma to the forest of Kallie, there are a lot of really fun details that went into creating this world.

Whether you’ve read the Warrior Series or are just getting started, here are details you might have missed that add to the action!

The Sun and Moon Gods

Did you catch the sun god Asalie and the moon gods Alkina and Kohns? There’s an…


I promise I’m a writer, not a serial killer

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In today’s episode of “I promise I’m a writer, not a serial killer”… writing fight scenes! How do you make a compelling fight scene without describing it blow by blow? I drop some tips for ya!

Mentions: Blog

Confession: acting out scenes, still learning

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Show Notes:

  • They get better as you write them, so keep going! Worry less about your first draft besides getting the scene out. After that, you can add in the details and make it flow better!
  • Study fight…

Have you lost touch with reality? You might be suffering from a book hangover

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Do you have a foggy mind? Is your heart racing? Mood darkening?

Have you lost touch with reality?

You might be suffering from a book hangover. Let’s take a look at what happens when we finish reading (or writing) a book.

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Confession: writing hangover

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Show Notes

Do you have a foggy mind? Is your heart racing? Mood darkening?

Have you lost touch with reality?

You might be suffering from a book hangover. Let’s take a look at what…


You can have fun, even without dragons

Who doesn’t love a mythical creature to add some magic to a novel? From dragons and sea monsters to griffins and mermaids, mythical monsters are popular in fantasy books. We see these creatures in fiction today, pulling from myth, legend, folklore, and fairytales to add drama and action to the hero’s journey.

I’ve used typical mythical creatures in my fiction before, and we all know the stories of dragons and quests, but I’ve also created a few animals through my own world building that add a little uniqueness to the mythology. …

Laura Winter

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