Listen to the full discussion here: “Everyone, stay calm!” Dialogue paced back and forth. Description and Character Development huddled in the corner. Pacing, Conflict, and Plot crowded the exit after they failed to break it down. *** You look through your backpack for the third time, confirming once again that your new earbuds aren’t there.... Continue Reading →
Bake on high for the rest of your life! This dry erase board will heat up your passion to accomplish your goals. Every day, every week, you will get it all done.
As a writer, I am sure you have received plenty of advice on how to become a better writer. There are many ways to improve, but I have boiled it all down to three tips--the best and simplest tips I have learned so far. I hope this helps you in your writerly life! Want to... Continue Reading →
You've dusted off your first draft of your novel after abandoning it for weeks or even months, and it's time for the first read. Maybe you are printing it and your heart is pounding as the printer spits out each page that you wrote. Maybe you are opening its saved document and you can't start reading until you... Continue Reading →
Are you working full-time? Are you finding it hard to fit writing in your busy schedule? As I approach the second half of my second draft, I am thinking a lot about how the heck I made it here. While I was driving home from a weekend visiting my parents, I was thinking about the... Continue Reading →
Boy, has this been an experience. The second draft is no joke. This whole writing thing is no joke. If you are in the middle of the same kind of second draft chaos, or maybe third draft, fourth draft...you will understand. And even if you are just starting your manuscript, every day is a new... Continue Reading →
If you are about to read the first draft of your manuscript for the first time, this is the post for you! Reading your manuscript for the first time can be exciting and stressful all at once, but I have some tips for you that may help you along (and feel at peace with the... Continue Reading →
Writing a book is by far the hardest fun thing I have ever done. I enjoyed creating my own characters, developing a story around them, and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. But I’ll be honest--writing that many words is HARD. There were days that I wanted to give up. I actually convinced myself... Continue Reading →