Author: Amanda Shofner

My word for 2017: upcycle

Posted January 1, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Unapologetically Amanda
My word for 2017: upcycle

I hadn’t intended to choose a word for 2017… and then I made breakfast. It started with Tater tots, as most good things do. I put my last food of 2016 (loaded Tater tots) into a frying pan, added a couple eggs, and made myself a breakfast burrito. It was delicious, and the perfect start […]

Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Posted December 29, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in My bookish life
Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Now that I’m no longer posting on my book blog, one of my goals has been to share what I’m reading, especially when it involves books I’ve checked out from the library. If I don’t buy a book, I want to support the author by talking about the book. (Psst. This is something I encourage […]

A case for reading the genre you write

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Book Marketing, Writing
A case for reading the genre you write

Especially if it’s romance. (Seriously. Romance is one of the most misunderstood genres out there.) So here’s the thing about genre: It’s a framework. Within each genre are conventions that readers expect (and want) to see. We seek our favorite genres for the predictability of the plot, and we admire writers who twist conventions to create […]

On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Writer’s guilt usually comes in the form of the voice that whispers you should be writing. Writer’s guilt doesn’t care what else is going on in your life. If you work 40 hours a week, commute to work, and have kids (human or furbabies), you should still be writing enough to compete with people writing full-time. Writer’s […]

NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap

Posted December 6, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words
NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap

In November, I participated in NaNoWriMo. It went great… until it didn’t. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that November was a rough month. I started off strong with 25,000 words within the first two weeks. Then everything fell apart. Ha! But I ended the month with 40,000 words, which is no small amount! […]