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

Reading About Writing – Save the Cat

So, to start this off, I'll admit I've been looking for some good "How to write a novel" books for a while and nothing was really sticking. I'm not sure if that's my level of interest or the books themselves or what but none of them really seemed to address my actual needs. Fast forward… Continue reading Reading About Writing – Save the Cat

About Me

Writing and Family Holidays

As you might have guessed if you've ever tried it, getting anything done on your WIP during the holidays is difficult when you have kids around. I have been trying to write a chapter here or there but it is getting to the point where I have to admit defeat on this two week break… Continue reading Writing and Family Holidays

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

The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing – An Update

The Craft of Writing posts are, understandably, taking me longer to draft than the update posts or the personal posts. I want to have the best materials for you all so I'm not comfortable putting out an unfinished post this week - I will start posting them by January. In the meantime, what do you… Continue reading The Craft of Writing – An Update

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

A Year in Mondays, Books I am Writing

Universal vs Personal Experiences

Something I am struggling with when writing A Year in Mondays has been the balance between my personal experiences, the overarching experience of having children, and Julie’s specific story. It is difficult sometimes to separate my experiences (and those of people around me) from those I have read on the internet, for example. So in… Continue reading Universal vs Personal Experiences

A Year in Mondays, Books I am Writing

A Study in Serialization

As I was finishing the last chapters of my first posted novel, Slow Motion Whirlwind, I was pondering how the book would do on the serialization site that I was posting it on. That’s a story for another post, but while all of that was happening, I was suddenly struck with an idea for a… Continue reading A Study in Serialization