For Writers

Setting Scene Goals and Intentions

Looking for a good way to amp up, play, connect, or just write your scenes? Why not start with scene goals and intentions? Today, I’m diving into what helps me to create scenes as I outline my book.

For Writers

Three Plotting Methods

Whether you are a plotter, pantser, or a hybrid plantser, plotting methods can help either in outlining or revising your story. Check out three awesome plotting methods that I’ve used and loved over the years.

For Writers, Writing Process

What Makes a Well-Written Character?

What makes the difference between a well-written character and a poorly-written one? Well here are some of the things my students said as well as tips to help you avoid the mistakes that many authors make when putting their characters into their stories.

For Writers, Inspiration, prompts

Making Prompts Work for You

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

For Writers, Inspiration, nanowrimo, prompts

A Few Types of Writing Prompts

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

For Writers

Finding Inspiration Through RAFT Writing

Put simply, RAFT writing is a creative writing exercise that was designed to make you consider different perspectives and formats for your writing. I use it all the time with my students and many of my students had a hard time grasping the concept the first time, but found it more and more interesting the… Continue reading Finding Inspiration Through RAFT Writing

For Writers, Inspiration

Visual Inspiration

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

For Writers, Inspiration, Other

The “why” behind your “what”

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”

For Writers

The Power of “No”

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”