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Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Last week, I shared about how to use short stories to help improve your writing and I shared 5 tips about using word count effectively. I want to dive more into one of those specifically and expand even more on it and that's word count. When I was a younger writer, I had a teacher … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Meet the Author: Hallie Schaefer

Ever wish you could sit down with an author over a cup of coffee or tea or hot chocolate and ask them a bunch of questions?  Well, look no further!  Once a month, I'll be featuring an author whose published work I've read or who I know personally (whose unpublished work I've read). Every interview, … Continue reading Meet the Author: Hallie Schaefer

Writing Tip: Short Stories

Short stories aren't only a  genre and craft unto themselves, but they are also a fantastic means to practice new story elements. For example, if you know that your novel needs to have a bit of suspense in it, you can practice writing suspense in short stories. If your novel will take a dark turn, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories

What I’m Reading: Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

What the book is about:  This is a fantasy book about a Keeper, Claire, who is summoned to a magical accident site to clean it up. Of course, once she gets there, everything starts to go wrong. For example, it's not a quick clean up and go site. She becomes stuck there as she realizes … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

Writing Prompt: Never Looking Back

It's Friday, which means it's time once again to share a little something I've written. This past week in AT, we had a writing prompt and I did something with it.  While it really lends itself to horror, I tried really hard to keep it NOT horror. I played with some suspense, a plot twist, … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Never Looking Back

NaNoWriMo: 4 Week Update (Final one!)

Yes, it's the last week of Nano, the last Wednesday of NaNo, and today is the penultimate DAY of NaNo. And I'm a winner! YES! I did it! I completed 50,000 words in a month. Two years in a row. Pretty cool. This last week went pretty well until I hit a major editing wall … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: 4 Week Update (Final one!)

Book Review: Gospel Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin

What the book is about:  This nonfiction book is an exploration of parenting, specifically mothering, from the point of view of the gospel. Its easy for a mother to think of all kinds of things we think our kids need from us and all the ways we must be perfect as ourselves to meet those … Continue reading Book Review: Gospel Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin

Meet the Author: Crystal MM Burton

As I've delved more deeply into this writing and authoring thing, I've found something quite similar to running. Many are very, very welcoming and it's like being part of this world-wide club. "I'm a writer." "Ooohhhhh!! ME TOO!" *instant friends* On my blog, once a month, I will be featuring one of these new writing … Continue reading Meet the Author: Crystal MM Burton

Writing Prompt: Animal Kingdom

It's Friday! This week I have a fun little short story for you based off a picture I took a few days ago. Enjoy! If you'd like to play along, write up your own version of what's happening in this picture and leave it in the comments or link back from your blog. I'd love … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Animal Kingdom