A Royal Internship, News and Updates

June Newsletter

It's summer now, right? With that comes a push to finish A Royal Internship in draft and then edited forms. I hope to be completely through this book by the end of the month so I can move on to another project. I'll still be working on The Road to Christmas (which we should definitely… Continue reading June Newsletter

The Craft of Writing

Save the Cat: The Opening Image

One thing I have always struggled with is how on earth to write a good opening. I’ve spent years reading and analyzing stories and still struggled to understand exactly what made the opening of a book a good one.  Enter Save the Cat! Writes a Novel aka my new best friend. The book somehow puts… Continue reading Save the Cat: The Opening Image

The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing: Useful Links

I've recently started running a book club for writers of mystery/thriller and, as such, have had to brush up my knowledge on what makes a good story and what makes a good critique. I didn't want to do anyone a disservice by explaining things off the top of my head, so I went searching for… Continue reading The Craft of Writing: Useful Links

A Royal Internship, About Me, nanowrimo

Finishing Camp NaNoWriMo

I mentioned before (a little belatedly) that I participated this year in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time. What I forgot is that it was my first time using the NaNoWriMo website to log my progress! So last time, I did NaNoWriMo completely disengaged from everyone else doing NaNoWriMo and I think that's not really… Continue reading Finishing Camp NaNoWriMo

A Royal Internship

My Experience Sharing Early Drafts

Hi everyone! I hope your weekends are off to a fabulous start. I'd like to talk a little bit about sharing writing with other people. In my first few writing endeavors, I wrote the whole first draft by myself, edited it a lot, and then let it out into the world for Beta Readers. And… Continue reading My Experience Sharing Early Drafts

News and Updates

May Newsletter

Hello, May Flowers! Well, where I am it's more like "Please be gone, April Snow" but what can you do? I'm back to regularly scheduled programming which means regular updates for my stories and twice-weekly posts here. The posts I have planned will range from random stories about my life to excerpts from stories to… Continue reading May Newsletter

The Craft of Writing

Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero

So, we are only several months delayed, and I’m not going to be able to do these posts as quickly as I had hoped, but we are finally ready to discuss Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.  The first chapter of Save the Cat! is about finding yourself a story-worthy hero. I can’t share all… Continue reading Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero