My NaNo 2019 went a little different than I thought it would, but thanks to Susan Dennard’s Magical Cookies, I found myself loving my work every step of the way.
If you’re looking for Facebook groups, Twitter #s, podcasts and more that are dedicated to writers, I’ve started compiling a list here for your reference.
Looking for a fun way to collect the things that you hear and see every day that make you think, laugh, or want to write? Well check out this mixtape of words exercise that can allow you to do just that!
So much can happen in a year! But, how much do we stop and take note of before we move into the next year? Well, here I’m sharing my top lessons from 2019 and I’d love to hear about yours as well.
Did you know that your environment can actually help you be more creative or get out of a rut in your work? Check out some ideas about how to shake that creativity loose by changing your environment.
Last week, I talked about different types of writing prompts in the hopes that it will help anyone looking for help getting ideas for their stories to realize that there are a ton of options out there for you. This week, I wanted to dive into a few helpful tips and tricks that I’ve learned… Continue reading Making Prompts Work for You
I absolutely love writing prompts. That’s why I use them in my classroom and have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. I have written a number of stories using prompts, but I’ve come to realize that not everyone likes them or uses them like I do. Some of my students mentioned that they really… Continue reading A Few Types of Writing Prompts
Follow along as I show you how I created my first Kanban Board for July-Sept. and already have struggled with how I set goals.
I'm a visual learner. I am the kind of person who used to be able to picture charts and images on a test from my notes. I didn't learn how to use that to my advantage until well into my college career, though. Now, I use visuals to get inspiration whenever I need a story… Continue reading Visual Inspiration
Check out the four things I’ve done to craft a better, stronger, clearer vision of what I want my future to hold.
At the beginning of the school year, we got a talk from our area superintendent and he asked us all: What is the "why" behind your "what"? This was a really introspective question for me, and not only in the way that I look at my teaching career or lesson plans, but in the way… Continue reading The “why” behind your “what”
Okay, maybe these are here to keep me going, but maybe they'll help you, too.
Whatever it is...make sure it reflects where you want to be.
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
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