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 …

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 …

Be Yourself, No Copycats Allowed

Be Yourself, No Copycats Allowed by Shannon Leigh Rivera There are so many authors worth admiring these days. Not just for their wonderful stories, but for the hard work and dedication that they have put into their craft. However, because there are so many wonderful storytellers out there, a lot of writers have it in …

Forlorn Part V

It was dark by the time the King had left the woods near Saoirse’s home, headed down the mountain to the valley below where Liam’s home and people were waiting for his return. The men who stayed behind with Liam were settled around a small fire just to the south of the witch’s abode. Feeling …

Next Stage: Graduation in Two Weeks!

Next Stage: Graduation in Two Weeks! I know I haven’t posted anything the last few weeks and I hope that you will all forgive me for that. I have been really focusing on my last two classes as I finish out my final courses before graduation. As of today, I have fifteen days until I …

Busy Vs. Productive: Too Much of the Wrong Stuff is Bad for You

Busy Vs. Productive: Too Much of the Wrong Stuff is Bad for You By Shannon Rivera A few years ago my family moved from sunny San Diego to the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed many aspects of this move. Gas is cheaper, housing is more affordable, and there is …