On Writing, Uncategorized

5 Courses of the Rough Draft – Are you hungry yet?

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?

On Writing, Uncategorized

What is your writing routine?

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?

On Writing, Uncategorized

Why do you write?

My middle daughter is currently studying Ancient Egypt in her homeschool history class. One of her least favorite things to do is read. (It's hard to believe we're related, I know.) Since reading happens to be one of my most favorite things - ever! - I volunteered to read out loud a historical fiction book… Continue reading Why do you write?

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Book Review: ‘brown girl dreaming’ by Jacqueline Woodson

I picked this book up because the title intrigued me enough to take a closer look... and then the beautiful cover finished the job of convincing me it just had to be read. 'brown girl dreaming' is written by Jacqueline Woodson, author of many award winning middle grade books, including this one, which received the… Continue reading Book Review: ‘brown girl dreaming’ by Jacqueline Woodson

Getting Published, On Writing, Uncategorized

Just Write.

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Greater Philly Conference. It was my first ever writer's conference that lasted more than a single day. I skipped the 'Early Bird Wednesday' but had three very full days of classes, appointments and worship. It was exhausting. It was costly.… Continue reading Just Write.

On Writing, Uncategorized

Confessions of a closet Pantser

I have a confession to make. I am a Pantser.  I didn't know I was a Pantser. I've never been a Pantser. But lo and behold, I found out this week that I've had a forty-year-old Pantser living inside me, waiting to come out! Ask anyone who knows me, and they will be able to… Continue reading Confessions of a closet Pantser

On Writing, Uncategorized

Passion, writing, and a little bit of Shrek

This morning my four-year-old daughter and I were in the car alone, and I decided to put on the soundtrack to Shrek Jr. the Musical. My two older daughters are currently in the production, so we've been singing the songs a lot, lately. During one particularly upbeat song, the music swelled and Fiona belted a… Continue reading Passion, writing, and a little bit of Shrek

On Writing, Uncategorized

Practice Writing

So I've been focusing on my writing lately (hence, the lack of blog posts!) And I've been reading about writing (that always sounds funny to me, but it's true.) And over the past 8 days I've had the opportunity to attend 3 different writing events. I say 'opportunity' because earlier this week I got sick and didn't… Continue reading Practice Writing

Getting Published, Uncategorized

Diving into the unknown

The time has come. I am finally ready to stop talking about getting (traditionally) published and ready to go for it. It's not something I saw in my life twenty years ago, or even fifteen, for that matter. I've always liked to write, but never considered that it might turn into something more. Even when… Continue reading Diving into the unknown

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The humility of reading books and exercises of gray matter

One of my goals for the New Year has been to read more books on the art of writing. I've read a few books here and there, but have always been afraid of becoming one of 'those writers' who only ever read about writing, without ever actually doing any writing. Eep. I've heard about 'those… Continue reading The humility of reading books and exercises of gray matter