Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

I'm super excited to have Crystal back on here helping us out with writing some fantasy short stories! Great info below. I'm feeling inspired already!    A short story is, by definition, short. It is not a mini-novel and won’t have a lot of the intricacies that a novel has. You want to bring your … Continue reading Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

Writing Prompt: The Light

It's Friday! Time for a little shorty for you to read.  To be completely honest, I haven't been doing much writing over the past few weeks as life has pretty much dog-piled on me. However, I'm getting out from under it, feeling more like my normal self, and am once again pumping out some words.  … Continue reading Writing Prompt: The Light

ONE YEAR!

Can you believe it??? It's been a YEAR since I set up this site and decided that I was going to intentionally pursue writing as more than just a hobby. I can't even believe how much my writing has developed and how far I've come in that time. Shall we take a look? March 22, … Continue reading ONE YEAR!

Heart of a Child: I’m PUBLISHED!

Well, my friends. I did it. One year after my decision to take writing seriously, I am published in a short story anthology. We, the authors, are doing a SUPER FUN book release party on March 24th and we'd LOVE for you to join us. There will be some fun, some games, chances to win … Continue reading Heart of a Child: I’m PUBLISHED!

Facebook LIVE reading!!

Short post today: I want to PERSONALLY invite you to my author page where I will be doing a facebook live reading of some of my short stories. You'll probably recognize them if you've been reading the Friday shorts, but hearing them read out loud will be VERY fun! Details When: Sunday, March 11th Time: … Continue reading Facebook LIVE reading!!

Writing Prompt (final edit): Heartbeat

It's LATE on Friday and I'm just getting around to posting this last edition of Heartbeat before I move on to other projects. See First Draft and First Edit. This project was tough, harder than I expected, because I was editing on my own. Usually, I have my writer friends critiquing, which helps me see … Continue reading Writing Prompt (final edit): Heartbeat

Evolution of Critiquing

Just to be clear, this isn't a history of the critique, so I'm sorry if you were expecting that. Critiquing takes different forms depending on how rough or polished the draft is, so I want to walk through the critique and its evolution as the draft moves from rough to polished. First Draft Critique The … Continue reading Evolution of Critiquing

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

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