It's no secret I'm a huge Star Wars fan. And I often use lingo from the SW universe in regular conversation with people - because somehow, I think this is cool. (Please don't burst my bubble and tell me it's not cool to talk like a Jedi.) So now you're stuck with a blog post related… Continue reading I’m a Padawan and I’m ok with that.
I've been meaning to write this post for a while. It wasn't until in recent conversation with a fellow writer that I was reminded it had been floating around in the back of my mind and it needed to get out. The journey of this lesson actually began more than two years ago, when I was… Continue reading What I’ve learned in the past 12 months…
Recently, I read an article where the blogger stated that only the most talented and seasoned writers could possibly write as a 'pantser' and do it well. His basic message was that it takes years to find the groove where you can write a story 'by the seat of your pants', and still have a… Continue reading Plotter vs Pantser – Revisited
Who's ready for camp?? Camp NaNoWriMo is a fun twist on the annual writer's event that takes place in November. While the late fall commitment requires a word count of no less than 50,000, Camp NaNoWriMo is a bit more laid back with any word count you prefer to set for yourself! The idea is… Continue reading Welcome to Camp NaNoWriMo!
If you're a writer, you've no doubt run across the Show don't Tell catch-phrase once or twice. (Or maybe a few hundred times!) These three little words sum up what seems to be an incredibly difficult concept for most writers to grasp. It's short and sweet, easy to remember. In fact, the idea behind it… Continue reading Tell don’t Show. Wait, what?
I have a confession to make. I'm in love with one of my characters. Ok, maybe 'in love' is a bit dramatic. (Me? Dramatic? No!) But I'm sort of feeling very attached. In a totally normal, non-stalkerish, happily-married, not-crazy-at-all-for-obsessing-over-an-imaginary-person type way. Promise. So, here's the deal: The most recent rough draft I finished is a… Continue reading That villain, and why I love him.
This past Saturday I had the privilege of attending a winter writer's retreat with six fellow authors. The day was spent brainstorming, critiquing, participating in exercises and in prayer. Somewhere around midday one of the ladies made a statement, one that hit closer to home than I realized it would: One of the most important… Continue reading Why I don’t want to be left alone.
Rough Drafts can be a tricky thing. The process that one author takes will look completely opposite from that of another. Each of us have our own style, techniques, and rhythm we abide by - even if we aren't aware we stick to a routine. For a while I felt the pressure to write my manuscripts… Continue reading 5 Courses of the Rough Draft – Are you hungry yet?
Ok, I will admit, I've been an extreme skeptic when it comes to Flash Fiction every since I first heard about it. The idea is nice, but I have far too many words rattling around inside my head to partake in such a venture, right? Right. Until last night. I got together with my Scribes… Continue reading Flash Fiction or Nah?
I'm often asked how I get so much writing done when I also homeschool my three daughters. And until about a year ago, I would've said it was quite difficult, actually. For most of my life writing was a hobby, something I only did every few months when an idea hit me and I could… Continue reading What is your writing routine?