Guest Post: Melody Greene: Someday My Princes Will Come

Welcome back to the final week of my guest post fantasy series! This has been SO MUCH FUN for me to get to dive into the minds of other fantasy writers, to read where they land on issues, and to see what they write about when given ultimate freedom.  The final post here wraps up … Continue reading Guest Post: Melody Greene: Someday My Princes Will Come

Writing Fantasy: Part 1

You may or may not know that I write fantasy. In addition to all this other stuff I write, I have a completed fantasy novel (in with alphas now!) and have a second that is a huge contender for a stand alone debut novel. Time will tell, of course, but I'm really enjoying the process … Continue reading Writing Fantasy: Part 1

Book Review: Inspired by Rachel Held Evans (available June 12)

What this book is about:  This nonfiction explores issues that the author, Rachel Held Evans, has wrestled with in her walk of faith. Each chapter begins with a more creative work, it could be a sonnet about the beast, a screenplay about Job or an essay by Hagar before diving more fully into the subject … Continue reading Book Review: Inspired by Rachel Held Evans (available June 12)

Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 2

It's Friday again!  I've managed to do a round of editing on last week's story and I have a second iteration to share with you. If you haven't already, go back and read the first version, then stop over here to check out the improvements.  As I read through, I realized I was mixing POVs in … Continue reading Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 2

Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 1

It's Friday, which means it's time once again to share my writing.  This week, I want to try something a little different. I reached way back into my writing past and pulled this goodie up. I loved the prompt and the rough idea I came up with, so I'm sharing the terrible story I wrote … Continue reading Writing Prompt (editing process): Heartbeats – Week 1

Writing Tip: Research Resources

Hey friends! I don't know about you, but colds and sickness have had my family down for two weeks. It's been crazy around here! No puke at least, but lots of sleepless nights and coughing and nose blowing and all that great stuff that comes with it. Happy new year, right?? Anyway, over this week, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Research Resources

2018: Looking ahead, goals, dreams

Wow! What a crazy year 2017 has been. Last week, I shared about some of the things I've learned and done over this past year and now I want to look ahead at 2018. This past year was mostly about learning, figuring out what I want to do, coming up with a plan, and sort … Continue reading 2018: Looking ahead, goals, dreams

Writing Tip: Short Stories – Practice

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 – Practice

Writing Tip: Community

Building on what I talked about last week, community is essential to grow your writing. Why? Others look at your work with a different eye than you do and so can spot problemsWhen we write and then edit our work, it's hard to see problem spots for the simple reason that we don't know what … Continue reading Writing Tip: Community

Writing Tip: Helping Others

The best and most efficient way to improve your writing is.... To help others with theirs. This may feel counterintuitive if your life looks anything like mine (busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep). However, I believe that helping other writers only makes YOU a better writer. I … Continue reading Writing Tip: Helping Others