Critiques Aplenty

I’ve been doing a lot of story critiques lately. I see a few different stages of writer because of this, each has pros and cons. Here’s what I’ve observed thus far. There are the one edit writers. All they want is for someone to say they are brilliant and the story is ready to submit….

The Search for Sincerity

We all seek a genuine and fully original experience. We want our interactions to be sincere and without secret agenda. But is it possible? We are all online for different reasons, to gain something. Outside of God and sometimes the church is it possible to find true sincerity and love? I’d argue no. But we…

What it’s like being on TV

If I had to sum it all up in one word it’d be FAST! I had a four minute segment and it went by in what felt like thirty seconds. But that’s near the end of the story. If you’re on the fence about TV or just plain curious here’s how it went for me….

One Day to Go…

Tomorrow is the big day for being on TV… (If you want to how I tumbled into a TV segment check out my last post). I’d like to say I’ve got nerves of steel but let’s be real it’s more like nerves of Twizzlers. So let’s take a moment and talk a bit about stress….

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

How to get a TV Segment

So I’M GOING TO BE ON TV!!! Here’s how you can be too.
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Pitch Parties Post Agent

One of the biggest pitch parties of the year just came and went… I’ve got the blues a bit. I like participating in online events. I miss it. Don’t feel too sorry for me though since I do have an agent now, who’s fabulous. It occurred to me that I should find ways to participate…

Based on a true story…

I’ve read so many stories lately that are a true story. While I do like true stories the best true stories tend to be embellished… Like Grandpa’s whopper fish story. It’s way better when he adds ten inches and whole lot more hassle to reel it in. My point is true stories are exciting but…

Don’t ask me who has influenced me. A lion is made up of all the lambs he has digested, and I’ve been reading all my life. -George Seferis

Groceries & Characters

My grocery list is typically all groceries with a few extra items here and there. But those extra items and the groceries themselves tell a story. The whole list tells about my life. It tells my tastes, my eating habits, my faults, my milestones and my successes. I tend to write characters that don’t feel…

“Read, read, read. Read everything-trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.” -William Faulkner

What NOT to ask at a Writing Conference

I’ve been to a fair number of writing conferences over the years. There is nearly always open question time for a presenter or two. There is also always those one or two people that take over the time. They ask things like, “How do I get an agent?” or “How do I write a query…

The Math of Writing

Let me say that math was never my forte. I barely skimmed by in Algebra and for some reason I did great at geometry (still don’t know why). When I set out to write this post it occurred to me that writing can be shown as a form of math or presented within the parameters…

Page One… How to Start Your Story

I’ve seen the advice repeated over and over and over again: START WITH ACTION! Like books are: Lights! Camera! Action! Gimme a break. Books are not movies and that’s why we have both. They do different things. After listening to a dialogue from Agent Hannah Fergesen on Manuscript Academy, you don’t start with action… you…

Putting Grumpy in Timeout

I think we all suffer from the occasional (or me a not so occasional) grumpiness. Certain things can get under my skin fast and make my mood turn dark within seconds. For example, loud chewing… I will excuse myself to the bathroom and “get lost” in route to avoid it. Put your big pet peeve…

3 reasons & ways to embrace mental health as a creative

The older I get, the more I understand how mental health affects physical health, relationships, careers, and life in general. I used to think I could get by on junk food, caffeine, minimal sleep, and negative self-talk compounded by toxic relationships. Well, at the confusing age of 27, I now know that’s not enough. It’s…

Open to Suggestions… Right?

I’m not going to lie, anything about performing arts scares me. Ask me to talk to a room full of people about a topic I’m knowledgeable about sure thing- I got it. But ask me to act like something I’m not and bad things happen, and by bad I mean embarrassing. Flashing back to jr….

Not What I Meant To Write…

Well I touched on this in my last post but I signed my agent not for a fiction picture book but for a non-fiction kid’s cookbook. Huh? Yep… Now before you say, “Wait! You can’t write non-fiction!” Let me break it down for you. I’ve spent years honing my writing skills for brevity, clarity, and…

Self-care for busy people – part 2

In this blog post, we discussed small spa-like actions you can add to your day that don’t take extra time but still offer you ways to care for yourself, body and mind. Today we’ll discuss my time-saving self-care tips. Time-saving self-care Unplug We receive hundreds of notifications every day, but how many of them are…

Wreath Wall DIY

I’ve made wreaths on this blog before so I won’t bore you with the details again. I’ve also made fun trees with grape vines that I love. But not this time… This time I’m making a wall! My girls want to grow climbing beans and I’ll be honest I prefer bush beans over pole beans…