Christa Miller

Dark Fiction & Children's Fiction

Sensitivity readers sensitize… they don’t censor

The last year has seen a rather contentious debate over whether sensitivity reading — the practice of having stories critiqued or edited by people who represent the marginalized communities from which characters might come — constitutes censorship. This actually isn’t a new issue. Nearly 20 years ago, Debbie Reese, a […]

Planner, Pantser, Plantser

I first came across those terms in 2016, when I got involved in my first (and, it turned out, last) NaNoWriMo. “Planners”: self-explanatory. They outline their plots, they work out detailed character descriptions, they worldbuild intricate settings. The idea is that, when they’re taking 30 days to write a 50,000 […]

roadway leading toward or away from a sunrise

Looking back, looking ahead

I’ve been spending the last few days in end-of-year reflection and coming-year planning, not that planning ever really works out the way we think — 2017 being a great example of that — but more to get my head screwed on straight about what’s come before and what to expect. […]

A new novella for the grown-ups

With Raccoon Rescue now happily out in the world, I’m pleased to announce that my new novella, “Sodom and Gomorrah on a Saturday Night,” has been published in the first-ever Running Wild Novella Anthology! I haven’t written too much about this story for two reasons. First, because it represents the […]

seedling sprouting from soil

Creative ebb, practical flow

When I first started to write again a couple of years ago, it was amazing. It felt like the tap would never turn off. The ideas flowed free and plentiful, and it was bliss. That lasted throughout last year’s layoff, when I spent my summer working on a novella that […]