Top Ten Tips for Being Productive

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. One of the biggest reasons, besides the cooler weather and the warm, cozy sweaters and socks and the spices and smells of pumpkin and cinnamon,  is I usually spend more time writing. In contrast, I find writing tedious in the summer months. The sun is out too long …

Reinventing the Wheel

There are too many times as writers where we feel stuck. This past summer, I would not have said, I feel stuck. I had actually accomplished a lot of writing, working myself into the third edits of my first novel. Yet, something felt lacking. Before I even began writing my novel, I had dropped by …

YA/NA Blog World Tour: Melion Traverse

YA/NA Blog World Tour: Melion Traverse by Shannon Leigh Rivera In the wild world of bloggers, there exists a fantastic group of YA/NA writers who are taking time over the next year to interview one another. Welcome to installment three in the YA/NA Blog World Tour! Today I am interviewing Melion Traverse. She is published author …

Blog World Tour- YA/NA Author Abbie Silk

Blog World Tour- YA/NA Authors by Shannon Leigh Rivera   This month my spotlight YA/NA author is Abbie Silk. Abbie Silk lives in a world of books, both adult and YA fantasy. She writes short stories and is writing a YA fantasy novel, Dancing in the Past. For this interview, I am talking to Abbie …

Forlorn- Part VII

“Careful!” Saoirse motioned to a patch of half-submerged land that no longer looked safe to stand on. Curls of waterlogged heather poked through the top of the water, waving their delicate blossoms like a siren’s song. Liam stiffened and wiped the corner of his brow, throwing his former betrothed a glare of relief and frustration. …

Plunder of Blood, Part I

Eastern Mountain Range, The Revenge Dark blood stained the deck as Captain Mai Li waded through the mess of bodies. One lad, not a day over fifteen, was shaking violently, a pool of red soaking the deck beneath him. Stopping in her tracks, the Captain crouched down to inspect the young fighter’s wounds. “Mortal,” she …

My Top Ten Books Every Professional Writer Should Own

Professional Writers Post: My Top Ten Books Every Professional Writer Should Own By Shannon Leigh Rivera For those of us who write, whether it be novels or short stories, news articles or blog posts, there is a never-ending supply of books written to help us achieve more. Those achievements could come in the form of …

Summer, Sickness, and my Interview with Sue Seabury!

Hey, Fantasy Fix fans! It’s been a long, hot summer full of strange and unusual events happening, not just around the world, but in my corner of it. Besides graduation, which was the beginning of June, I have been busy with family and school (with my kids). As many of you know, I am a …

Voice and Style: How to be Unique in a Sea of Storytellers

Voice and Style: How to be Unique in a Sea of Storytellers By Shannon Leigh Rivera   “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the …

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired   I have heard that writer’s block often occurs because of a lack of inspiration. Some claim that writers have difficulty writing because they are lazy or afraid. I have even heard some writers claim that they get tripped up over what they want to write …