Writing life

Realm Makers 2022

This year was my fourth time attending the Realm Makers writing conference--three times in person, and once virtually! As always, the conference was a fabulous time. Here's a quick video of my time at Realm Makers! https://www.instagram.com/reel/CghaKFMD22j/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link I also got to go to the launch party for The Wonderland Trials by Sara Ella while at… Continue reading Realm Makers 2022

Writing life

Life Doesn’t Have a Roadmap

I wish life had a roadmap or a list of instructions. But it doesn’t.I’m scared of the uncertain, of the unknown. I’m scared of making mistakes or the wrong decision.But if I knew everything that was going to happen, or everything I needed to do, life would lose some of its wonder. And I wouldn’t… Continue reading Life Doesn’t Have a Roadmap

Writing, Writing life

Dealing with Plot Bunnies

Do you struggle with plot bunnies?I do. 😅 New story ideas love to pop into my head all the time. Some are better than others, of course. But frequently getting new story ideas means that I have to fight to stay focused on my current WIP. Here are some of the ways that I deal… Continue reading Dealing with Plot Bunnies

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Storyteller, Don’t Give Up

You were given your stories for a reason. This post is honestly just a reminder for myself. But I figured I’d post it here. Because maybe you need to hear it too. You were given your stories for a reason. Your imagination was made just the way it was by the perfect Creator. He designed… Continue reading Storyteller, Don’t Give Up

Writing life

Editing: Love it or Dread it?

Let’s talk about editing—and our mindset towards it. For years, I felt dread at the thought of editing a book. It seemed like a massive, daunting task—and editing is. I mean, it’s not easy. But I think the writing community maybe needs to change how we talk about editing. Part of the reason I was… Continue reading Editing: Love it or Dread it?

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_____ Is Hard

Recently, I finished my first read-through of Brontide and started my first round of content (big picture) edits. Today, I hit the "I can't do this" wall. The problems feel overwhelming. I'm not sure if any of my ideas of how to fix them are any good. At my current speed, it seems like I'll… Continue reading _____ Is Hard

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Writing Light

Light and darkness. It’s something I think about as a Christian writer. We live in a sinful world. We live in darkness. And we need light. We need a Savior. We need the Light of the World. Stories are a unique way of communicating truths to a person and making them think about something. As… Continue reading Writing Light

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You Need a Writing Community

We all, to an extent, have the mental image of a writer tucked away in some sort of amazing writing nook, writing away with a keyboard, typewriter, or quill pen while drinking copious amounts of tea or coffee. They're just writing a book by themselves in their own little world. After all, isn't that the… Continue reading You Need a Writing Community