Avily Jerome

Hybrid Authors

Hybrid Authors

When you’re a writer, at some point you have to face the decision about whether to self-publish or pursue traditional publishing. There are pros and cons to both routes, so it really depends on both the author and the book itself what the best option is. For some, that may be an easy decision. For […]

Pass It On

Pass It On

Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some newer writers about writing craft and the art of storytelling. I am at the point now where people are coming to me to ask my input, and to think I might have something to offer. That’s one of the most fulfilling parts […]

Saving Old Stories

Saving Old Stories

My eleven-year-old mentioned last night that he was planning to throw away his story, “Once Upon An Alien,” of which he had written about seven chapters. Because he was going to write something new. Now, being the ADD-ish writer that I am, I totally understand how a new idea can trump an old one, and […]

Thinking About Easter

Thinking About Easter

Spring is my favorite season. I hate being cold. I would much rather be too hot than too cold. Oh, I know, I’ve heard all the arguments about how you can always put on more layers but you can only take so much, and I’ve heard the explanations of how pretty the snow is, and […]

Plotting vs. Pantsing: Another Great Debate

Plotting vs. Pantsing: Another Great Debate

I saw this picture on Facebook and I had to laugh, because it totally describes how I work. When I first come up with a story idea, I often have only a very vague idea what’s about to happen. Sometimes as little as an opening scene that I think is cool. One of my novels, […]

Dealing with Disappointment. Again.

Dealing with Disappointment. Again.

The writing journey is so up and down, back and forth. It’s a constant uphill climb. Three steps forward, two steps back, making progress and starting over. It seems like it generally moves in the right direction, if you’re willing to keep persevering, but every now and then there’s a huge boulder in the path […]

The Resolution

The Resolution

After they murdered The Cleaning Fairy, The Gnomes started running amok. Mother instituted The Plan to take care of them. So the gnomes began The Retaliation. This started The War. Now, the war must end. The Rise of the Gnomes Part Six: The Resolution Mother sat for a long time, just staring at the leader […]