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

Random, Writing

Your Words Have Power

Your words carry weight. We all know the phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” And what do pens do? They write words. Words, both spoken and written, have power. They can build up. They can tear down. They can encourage and inspire. They can depress and crush us. Don’t underestimate the power of… Continue reading Your Words Have Power

Uncategorized, Writing

Write Knowing that You’ll Edit

What is a piece of writing advice that you love? I don’t know if someone actually said this, or if it is something I can up with, or if it’s a combination of advice, but one piece of advice that I find especially freeing for me in writing is this: Write knowing you’re going to… Continue reading Write Knowing that You’ll Edit

Writing, Writing life

_____ 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

Writing, Writing life

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

Writing, Writing life

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

Updates, Writing

Writing Update! (June-October)

So... I just realized that while I've been keeping my newsletter list up to date with a monthly writing recap, I haven't done a writing update on the blog for a long time. Sorry... But anyways, here's a quick summary of what happened in my writing life June-October! June: I had the goal of drafting… Continue reading Writing Update! (June-October)

Announcements, Writing, Writing life

I’m Doing NaNoWriMo + A Tiny Bit about My New Book

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year! (If you don't know what NaNo is, here's a post I did a couple years ago about it) This will be my fourth NaNoWriMo and my sixth novel. And I'm taking a completely new approach to writing it.  In the past, I have always outlined my novel. My outlines… Continue reading I’m Doing NaNoWriMo + A Tiny Bit about My New Book

Announcements, Writing, Writing life

I’m Getting Published!

No, it's not a book. But, if you're signed up for my newsletter, you might remember how I mentioned that I submitted to Havok and might have some more news about that? Well, the news is that both of the stories I submitted to Havok were accepted, and are getting published in November! My first story Mission: Babysitter is… Continue reading I’m Getting Published!

Writing

Writing Resource: Adorning the Dark

Writing Resources are sort of like book reviews, except that they're about non-fiction books related to writing! And todays's Writing Resource Highlight is Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson. *cover and synopsis from Goodreads* Making something beautiful in a broken world can be harrowing work, and it can’t be done alone. Over the last twenty years,… Continue reading Writing Resource: Adorning the Dark