It’s NaNo Time!

National Novel Writing Month: It’s NaNo Time! by Shannon Leigh Rivera November means a lot of things—turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. For those of us who write, the month of November means National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.) It is a month-long writing ‘competition’ where writers from around the world get together (introvert style) and …

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 …

Show what needs Shown, Tell what needs Told

Show what needs Shown, Tell what needs ToldBy Shannon Leigh Rivera “Specificity in writing should not depend on modifiers” – Adam Sexton, Master Class in Fiction Writing Show and Tell. As writers, we have heard these two words a lot. The more you study writing and the more you read on the subject of writing, …

Words into Worlds

Words into Worlds “The best descriptive writers are the best observers—of sight and sound, smell and taste, of texture” – Adam Sexton in Master Class in Fiction Writing Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, alone at night when no one else is around? Or maybe you were taking a walk through a …

When Making Time takes Too Much Time

When Making Time Takes Too Much Time: My Top Ten List to Avoid Procrastination Procrastination: It’s a word we all know. We have a love-hate relationship with it. On one hand, we love to procrastinate because it usually equates out to Netflix binge-watching, book-reading-fests, or video-game-a-thons. We can feel refreshed when we procrastinate. On the …

The Art of Character Creation

I was on a break this past week from my job teaching writing workshops, so it gave me extra time to focus on story creation and editing my own works, rather than my students. I have been stuck in editing mode for my larger novel that I would like to see out later this year …

Not-So-Well-Written

Today was Comic Writing and Art class and, like usual, my students were happy to do the drawing and doodle work but feeling reluctant when it came time to write. At one point a student told me “but I don’t write well”. I had to pause before reacting because I was really hurting for my …