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

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

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

A Royal Internship, Books I am Writing

Introducing: A Royal Internship!

I'm so excited to finally begin sharing my newest project with all of you, and thrilled to announce the launch of my newest novel, A Royal Internship. Fiercely independent Genevieve had her whole life planned out until her fiance dumped her and her finances fell apart. Living with her friend Janet until the college semester… Continue reading Introducing: A Royal Internship!

A Royal Internship, Books I am Writing, nanowrimo

Camp NaNoWriMo Project

In an ideal world, this post would have happened at the beginning of April, but better late than never! I wanted to take some time to talk a little bit about Camp NaNoWriMo. If you have been here since the beginning, you might remember that it was last year's NaNoWriMo that really got me into… Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo Project

Books I am Writing, The Road to Christmas

Excerpt: Finding her Car

Chapter ONE: Elijah Three blocks later, and only two blocks from home, I noticed a car sitting in a snowbank. It was parked in the darkness between the light cast by the two nearest streetlights, so I had to pull up behind it to get a good look. It looked like whoever owned the car… Continue reading Excerpt: Finding her Car

Books I Have Written, Slow Motion Whirlwind

Calling It on the Re-Write

Well, if you've been following the situation with Slow Motion Whirlwind, you will be aware that it is my first novel and that I had to cut some of my chapters in order to improve the story. After sitting on it for a little bit, and showing it to a couple of beta readers, my… Continue reading Calling It on the Re-Write

A Year in Mondays, Books I am Writing

Writing with Graphics

When I was writing Slow Motion Whirlwind, I wrote it like a novel. The only exception I made for posting it on wattpad was to shorten the chapters into more "bite-sized" pieces because it was more suitable for the way people read there. When I posted the novel, I left it to read like a… Continue reading Writing with Graphics