My last post, I shared some of my favorite tools and items. It got me thinking about how fun it could be to really track and share my journey through what I read, watch, listen to, etc. in case you are looking for something new to try or have heard of something and would like… Continue reading Currently Consuming June 2019
Tomorrow is my birthday! And I'm really excited with the way that this past year has really shaped up and is projecting me into the future. Here are a couple of things that I am reflecting on as I log another year in the books: I am only capable of so muchThe past few years… Continue reading Another year…
I recently started freelancing and picked up a few jobs that went fairly quickly. It was exciting and I quickly took on a larger editing project and a smaller, ongoing one. However, it was soon clear that the smaller job was actually a lot more work than I had anticipated, and, paired with tight deadlines,… Continue reading The Power of “No”
Okay, maybe these are here to keep me going, but maybe they'll help you, too.
Now that I'm knee-deep in the revision trenches, I wanted to share exactly how I go about my revisions and the way that I layer what I'm looking for as I read through my manuscript. When it comes time to revise your draft, it can seem overwhelming to look at all the words you've written… Continue reading Revision Part 2: Layering
I'm finally in revisions! Cue fanfare and vacations and winning the jackpot! Okay, maybe not, but it sure feels that awesome. Until....I turn back around from my daydream and see this hulking beast of a manuscript staring back at me (one reason I took a break before jumping in to revisions). Does anyone else feel… Continue reading Revisions Part 1: Getting Organized
If you missed my first post explaining what this series is about, check it out HERE. Event It is easy to admire people, but what about when they do something we dislike? There is a particular woman in my life that I admire greatly. She is strong, wise, kind, funny, and an awesome person to… Continue reading How Life Informs Craft: People We Admire
So, I was dwelling the other day on an event that I happened to be fortunate enough to witness. As I continued thinking about it, I realized that so much of the day-to-day experiences we have can actually inform the way that we approach our writing. That's why I've decided to start a new series… Continue reading How Life Informs Craft : Celebrating the “Other”
Whatever it is...make sure it reflects where you want to be.
This month on Instagram, I'm focusing on character. It is interesting when I am looking at revising my draft to think that I need to rework my characters. Shouldn't they already be "done" and good to go? Not really. I wrote characters in draft one who did and said what they needed or wanted, but… Continue reading Character Profile Freebie!
A few days ago, I posted a question on Instagram about how other authors add tension to their stories. Most of the responses that I got went something like this: -Identify what you character wants -Then, use what your character needs as an obstacle to keep him/her from that want Sounds simple enough, right? In… Continue reading Creating Tension
Want to help your writer get into the mood...to write? Here are some gift ideas just in time for Valentine's Day!
I was looking at the new NaNoWriMo website that they are trying to launch and I ran across my old NaNo projects. The first year that I participated was way back in 2011! That's almost 8 years ago! And you know what else I saw? The novel that I had tried to write (and failed… Continue reading Time to marinate
As always, if you use any of these I would LOVE to read it! Happy writing!
First thing I want to say is that no matter who you are, writing each and every day can seem like a really difficult thing to accomplish. And for many many many people, it is. Whether it is your job, your family, or just life in general (I’m looking at you Elf on the Shelf),… Continue reading Writing after a hiatus