Managing an Anthology

Sadly, I’ve been a part of two local anthologies that have fallen through. I’ll be honest it was due to the planning portion than the writing portion. How do you actually put it together in a coherent way. So if you’re on anthology train here are some tips to get your project into the station…

A New Kind of Note

I’m delving deep into a new type of childrens writing and am loving it. I’m five stories into a historical fiction STEAM series. It’s a blast. What I’m realizing though is everything can’t be an art note. I’ve talked in the past about what makes a good illustration note, you can read more here. So…

Revising Grief

Nothing kills my creativity faster than grief. It’s like my mind gets tunnel vision and my whole demeanor is sad. I try to find the creative pieces in every part of life but in these moments I can’t. So I look elsewhere for comfort. I usually start with my Bible and that helps the healing…

Why Snow is Like Story

I’m sitting at my desk on a cold February day and it hits me how much stories and snow have in common. If you’ll indulge my little analogy, here’s why I think so. At the start, small flakes are falling in a quiet tumble. Little whispers of plot are coming out of the sky and…

Writing Space Inspiration

I’m blessed enough to actually have a desk to do my writing at. I’ve got an eclectic collection of items chilling out around the space. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to spruce up a space but here is my general checklist: Something Alive- Besides myself I have a succulent tree…

Research Tricks & Tips You Can’t Live Without

I’ve been digging deep these past few weeks working through a historical fiction picture book series (I’m so stinking excited about it). On that note I’ve gotten fairly good at finding information and I want to share some of my best tricks and tips. Unpopular opinion #1: Wikipedia is NOT a safe research source. While…

Historical Fiction for Kids in 9 Steps

Let’s be clear writing is extremely difficult. Historical fiction has a special degree of difficulty. So these steps are IN ADDITION to all the other normal awesome writing and editing you do. These are the extra things. You also need to know that this post is here because I’m writing my first historical fiction and…

2020 Writing Challenge

I’m so blessed to have a few local writing friends. They keep me honest when it comes to the amount of work I’m actually getting done, ahm, or not getting done. One of them called me out. “You’re not writing enough.”                             …

How to Pick A Point of View

I’ve been wrestling with a new picture book story that I want to write. I’ve got nothing on paper, yet. It’s just bubbling in the back of my mind. The story elements are all there, plot, structure, information, character options. What I can’t wrap my mind around is the point of view. WHO is going…

10 Reading Quotes to Fall In Love With

Oftentimes someone has said what I wish to say far more eloquently than I ever could. So today I’m going to let others way in on reading. I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do. I’m also going to take Bill’s advice as the weather is dreary to a fault. So cheers…

Making A Holiday Journal

In one of my Christmas boxes I have a small, unassuming notebook. It lives there with all the decor for most the year. But when we pull out the holiday boxes I also pull out this notebook. It’s become incredibly special. It’s my family holiday journal. I’ve been adding to it each year for five…

A Nontraditional Tradition

So my family discovered escape rooms a few years ago and let’s just say we are a bit addicted. When we take a vacation we check if there are escape rooms in the area before we go. It’s become a thing. Last Christmas I was thrown the challenge of, “Hey, you’re good at puzzles and…

How to Write During the Holidays

I’ve come to realize the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are somewhat of a twilight zone for writing. It seems like either it all gets written or none of it does. So how do you fit in a routine when life’s routine is out the window? The short answer is, I don’t know. The long…

“You charge for so few words!?”

“You charge for so few words!?” Says so many folks who are looking for copy writing services. While I love the agency I work through for copy writing (and they would never make a statement like this) I’ve heard this line so often from those outside the writing business. Let’s be really clear. Writing short,…

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  -Melody Beattie

A New Kind of DIY Wreath

I’ve used grapevines to make plenty of wreaths before. I’ve even made them into festive trees. But now I’ve found a new medium to make a wreath. Roots. On a recent beach walk I came across a pile of washed up tree roots. They were smooth, clean, and stripped of bark from the waves. They…

You Should Talk to an Agent Today, Seriously.

So I’ve been steadily working through my stories as they come to me. I’ve talked before about choosing a story to write that really gets you excited. I still stand by all of that. However, there comes a moment when a choice must be made and that choice has consequences. I’m there. I’ve got five…

I’m Failing NaNoWriMo & Happy- You Should be too.

It’s Day 11 of National Novel Writing Month. If you’re like me you are slowly watching the gap between the words written and words that should be written graph on your NaNoWriMo home page grow. It’s not that I’m not writing. It’s that I’m not getting as many words as I need. I’m still happy…

5 Tricks to Fast Drafting

It’s National Novel Writing Month and word counts reign supreme in the writing world right now. The thing is we are all so short on time. When I sit down to write it needs to happen now. There’s no luxury of sitting and staring at the screen for hours. Kids, chores, other work, and the…

Don’t Say It That Way!

I really enjoy coming up with witty titles for my blog posts. It’s fun. Part of me (the stubborn part) doesn’t want to change. But one of my good writing pals pointed out the wisdom of key words the other day. She even backed it up with this fascinating and fear producing article. Have I…