The Traveling Writer – Tips for Crafting Believable Settings

For me, traveling is part of the job of being a writer. (Hello, tax deductions... 😉 ) Not only because vacations are refreshing to the mind and spirit, but also because they help me create a storehouse of places and experiences to draw upon when I'm brainstorming and writing. While I appreciate facts and accuracy … Continue reading The Traveling Writer – Tips for Crafting Believable Settings

Pre-planning Your Novel with Pinterest and Excel

Hey friends! I'm sorry I've been MIA for a so long (*hangs head in shame*). After the eternal length of spring, summer has been a whirlwind. My family took a socially-distanced three week camping trip out west in July and visited seven national parks. The hiking was glorious--we could almost pretend life was normal! I'll … Continue reading Pre-planning Your Novel with Pinterest and Excel

To NaNo or Not to NaNo? That Is the Question.

If you've been in the writing world longer than a millisecond, you've probably heard of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who are readers and not writers, it's short for National Novel Writing Month. Essentially the goal is to write a short novel (50,000 words) in the month of November. That breaks down to writing about … Continue reading To NaNo or Not to NaNo? That Is the Question.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Querying Literary Agents

One of the things I love about this blog is being able to share with you what I'm learning on my writing journey. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time reading up on how to query literary agents. As you might guess, thanks to my BFF Google, there's plenty to find on this topic. … Continue reading Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Querying Literary Agents

The Hows and Whys of Critique Partners and Beta Readers

One of the things I love about this blog is being able to share things I'm learning and hopefully help other writers. Today I want to talk about two things that mystified me as a new writer--critique partners and beta readers. It's exhilarating to finish that first draft and type "The End." Then you let … Continue reading The Hows and Whys of Critique Partners and Beta Readers