Author Archive | Jodi

Finding those wrong turns

One of the most common questions authors get is how to deal with writer’s block, and one of the most common answers we give is “go back and see if you made a wrong turn somewhere.” Which is absolutely great advice. Sometimes our subconscious knows when something is off, even if we don’t yet understand what’s going on. But how do you go back and figure it out? Sometimes, the answer’s already there. Last month, […]

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For the writers writing sequels

There’s something about sequels. Sequels are difficult for most almost every author I know. For those early in their careers, it’s often their first time writing an entire novel under contract, and under deadline. Contracts and deadlines do a funny thing to books: suddenly the fun idea is also work. Suddenly it’s not just the writer’s; it’s the publisher’s, too. Add the layer of pressure that comes from reader expectation? Writing a sequel can be […]

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Creating space

I’m now seven books into my career, with four more contracted through 2020, so this might seem strange for me to say, especially to those of you still trying to break into publishing or just getting started, but I often fantasize about the freedom of writing without contracts or deadlines. Some authors can write and write and write indefinitely without feeling like they need more space for the book they’re working on. And some authors […]

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Guarding your writing time

A couple months ago, I was at an event where someone asked how authors — particularly those with day jobs and children and life events — find time to write. Full disclosure: I write full-time, and I’m very fortunate to be able to do that. I can’t answer as to how writers with all that going on manage to fit it in. Sorcery, as far as I can tell. But for real, I know authors […]

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What are you reading?

One of the questions I’m most commonly asked — and I’m sure I’m not alone in this — is what do I read? What do I recommend? Depending whether the asker is asking as a reader or a writer, my answers are different. If they’re asking as a reader wanting to know what books I love, I give them my latest favorites I think they might enjoy, too. But when a writer is asking that […]

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