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How to Publish a Short Story, Part 1: Calls for Submission

​So you’ve written a story you’d like to sell. That’s awesome! Let’s take a look at who’s buying.

How to Publish a Short Story, Part 2: Submitting Your Story

You’ve found a publication you like, and you’re ready to submit your story. Don’t worry if you’re terrified, that’s completely normal (sorry). Here are some easy steps to follow.

How to Publish a Short Story, Part 3: Rejections and Acceptances

You found a call, submitted a story, and now you’ve heard back! Let’s look at the final steps.

How to Write the Same Paragraph in Seven Different Genres

Romance, Comedy Romance, Erotica, Horror, Comedy Horror, Upbeat Sci-fi/Fantasy, and Dark Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Three Ways to Practice Writing Without Writing

When you’ve got time or motivation but not both

How to Write Implied Smut

A NSFW guide for SFW stories

The Living and the Dead

Paranormal Romance Series #1: Ghosts and Humans

From OTP to OC's

How to scrub your favorite fandom couple into original characters

How to Rewrite a Story for a Different Call

An article I wrote for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association blog

How I Turned My First Short Story Acceptance Into Four More

An article I wrote for Authors Publish Magazine

How to Turn Your Favorite Weird Topic Into a Story

We’ve all got our strange hobbies, weird interests, and in-depth knowledge of obscure topics. 

Writing a First Kiss

There are a million different ways to write a great first kiss. We’ll look at some basics.

Love at First Sight

Love at first sight is maybe not the most realistic of tropes, but it’s a huge favorite in romance writing. 

POV Switching in Romance

Which characters’ perspective do you want to show?

The Competence Kink

The competence kink is the idea that we’re attracted to people who demonstrate incredible talent. 

Everybody's Got Plans: Useful Lists for Fics

There are different skills involved in writing long works, and one of them is organization. Here are some of my go-to outlines and lists.

What to do with your body while your brain is trying to write

For whatever reason, it’s easier to let my mind flow free when the rest of me is doing something else. If you share in this, here are a few no-cost solutions.

Unusual Vampires

Writers sometimes shy away from vampire characters because they’re so common. Fortunately, folklore is full of bloodsucking beasts. Here are a few unusual vampires that might make good characters.

A Beastly Bookshelf

Looking to write a creature feature? Here are some of the monstrous reference books that I use for inspiration.