All things relating to the writing craft from developing the idea, plotting and pantsing, the search for an agent, self-publishing, and typing the end.
Last week I wrote a post dedicated to my mom. This week’s is for my dad. A writer’s greatest struggle is in calling herself a writer. For a non-writer, this probably seems weird. But for writers, this seems natural. K.M. Weiland recently coined it as one of the 7 stages of being a writer when… more
I love my mother dearly. I do. She’s crazy. In a good way. She makes things fun, and life is never boring. One day around Christmas she was in my living room, and as it’s Christmas time, the TV was inevitably on Hallmark Christmas movies. (Of course!) The movie that was on was about a… more
Being a writer has ruined my life. I judge everything. Everything I read. Everything I see. I’m constantly tweaking and changing, my mind like a red pen slashing through the atmosphere. Because of this, I have very few auto-buy authors. In fact, when I see a new book out by an author, my eyebrow goes… more
I read two books this week due to a malfunctioning Kindle Paperwhite. I did eventually get the device working, but in the meantime, I read what would load. And that included these wonderful gems. First up was Accidental Cowgirl: A Whisper Creek Novel by Maggie McGinnis. Full disclosure, the lovely Ms. McGinnis resides in beautiful… more
I got the look yesterday afternoon. Mouth slightly open. Eyes powerful with disappointment. I had just informed my eight-year-old niece that I was still on the first Percy Jackson book. You have never seen such a look of accusation, disappointment, and worse, gloating. She continued to inform me she had just started the third book. … more
I don’t often use my blog as a soap box, but today I must. I married into a newspaper family whose roots run deep in the journalistic history of our nation, but that’s not what has prompted this post today. Recently I began actively writing a story that started brewing in the fall of 2013. … more
It seemed to be a week of deception in my TBR pile, and I can safely say: I’ve never read so many well written lies in my life. To kick it off, we had Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, which takes a look at domestic violence and what a person does to hide it. It… more