Learning a new trick: Plotting

Up until now, I've been a one trick pony. Write. Well, and hope. Hope that it's a good story. Hope I can figure out how to make people like it. Hope it flows well. Hope it checks all the boxes. My lovely writing mentor (whose name shall remain secret so that y'all don't try to … Continue reading Learning a new trick: Plotting

Using The Crown as political writing fodder

Have you heard of the Netflix show The Crown? It is a dramatization of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I'm hooked. In love. I'm there. I adore it. What I love is how well it demonstrates the complexity of her role as a constitutional monarch and one forced to reign in a time of … Continue reading Using The Crown as political writing fodder

How Reading is Helping my Writing (I think)

I believe it's Stephen King who says that if you want to be a good writer, you must make time for lots of reading and lots of writing. I've been trying to do lots of reading (let's be honest here, I have book reviews scheduled through July already, plus I have THREE more already to … Continue reading How Reading is Helping my Writing (I think)

Reflections on the day after my birthday

As an introvert, deep thinker, and Enneagram Type 5, I've spent much of my time this week reflecting. It wasn't a BIG birthday, you know, multiples of fives or even tens, but it was the first birthday after the closing of a difficult chapter in my life. For the past two years or so, things … Continue reading Reflections on the day after my birthday

Musings on my current progress

I've been waiting on some writing news from people and it's been interesting, to say the least. To be entirely consumed by the waiting of words from just a few people is a strange place to be in, and yet, I find myself there. I'm trying VERY hard NOT to be consumed by it, but … Continue reading Musings on my current progress

Incorporating alpha reader feedback

So you've written your novel, you've had some people read through it, you've gotten their feedback, and... now what? Incorporating alpha feedback should be rather painless, to be honest. For one, there isn't that much of it. And two, the things they are looking for are the things you suspected to be wrong anyway. I … Continue reading Incorporating alpha reader feedback

Roadblocks while editing

Have you ever found yourself editing, things running smoothly, and all of a sudden you come upon a herd of mountain goats? All the progress you felt you were making is now at a standstill and you feel like you can't move anywhere without running someone over? Yesterday, we talked about taking breaks while editing, … Continue reading Roadblocks while editing

Editing – 3 reasons to take a break

For some, editing isn't the most fun part of writing, but believe me, it is the most necessary part. In yesterday's video, I talked about my own editing process. I broke editing down into three stages and you can go check that out. (Side note: This video was back when I was experimenting with Bible studies, … Continue reading Editing – 3 reasons to take a break