What Makes You a Writer?

What makes you (or me) a writer? News Flash: It’s not the number of followers you have on Instagram. It’s not the amount of sales you’ve made on Amazon. It’s not the reviews you plead with readers to leave, or the glowing report from your grandmother. It’s not the comments on your blog. It’s notContinue reading “What Makes You a Writer?”

Caption Challenge WINNERS!

We had our first (in a while) Caption Challenge two weeks ago with this picture: And the winners are . . . . Flash Fiction: Kate! A ship sailing far awayCan’t see through the stormA shining light, beautiful and brightShining far awayTurn of tidesThe wind may slowWhen they turn their boat towards home,The light leavesContinue reading “Caption Challenge WINNERS!”

When You Write Two Books in One Year . . .

Friends! I come bearing a book update! (Because I know you were all white-knuckled at the edge of your seats waiting for one….of course. 😂) So, yes, the title of this post is deliciously accurate. In about a week, I will be able to say I have officially written not one, but TWO books in aContinue reading “When You Write Two Books in One Year . . .”

Never Have I Ever Tag – Writer Edition

Hailey recently tagged me for this terrific tag, which I’m so excited to do. Thanks, Hailey! Graphic from Bree at The Long Voyage: Rules: Link and thank the blogger who tagged you. Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!) Answer the questions truthfully and honestly. Tag 3 bloggers. NEVER HAVE IContinue reading “Never Have I Ever Tag – Writer Edition”

The Caption Contest Continues . . .

You guys absolutely killed me on the last Caption Contest. Why? Because there were so. many. good ones! Whew. It was so hard to choose. In fact, I had to pick TWO winners from the six-word story category. (We didn’t have any flash fiction entries.) So congrats to both of the winners and, honestly, congratsContinue reading “The Caption Contest Continues . . .”

How to Write Characters With Trauma

There is nothing I like more as a reader than finding a book that does a good job of portraying mental illness in fictional characters (looking at you, Blade of Secrets), but if you haven’t actually experienced the trauma or mental health challenge you’re writing about, it can be hard to do. To help yourselfContinue reading “How to Write Characters With Trauma”

I Want to do NaNoWriMo This Year . . . I Think.

It’s that time of year again. Harvesting corn, canning tomatoes, making applesauce (from the early apples) . . . In between training a new puppy, learning a new language, managing a blog . . . oh, and writing. I mean, I am a writer. In all seriousness, Fate of a Prince’s first draft is finished,Continue reading “I Want to do NaNoWriMo This Year . . . I Think.”

5 Things You NEED Before Publishing Your Book

Super excited to share this with you guys today, because these are five crucial points I learned from publishing my first book. Let’s get right into them. Each point is in chronological order. A GOOD EDITORYou probably already know this, but it always bears repeating: you cannot skimp on editing. But finding an editor isContinue reading “5 Things You NEED Before Publishing Your Book”

The Caption Challenge Returns!

We’re back for another Caption Challenge! I was so pleased with how the last one went, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for this one. Remember, your entry in the comments can be a six-word story or flash fiction (50 words or less) based on the picture. No moreContinue reading “The Caption Challenge Returns!”

The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag

I stole this tag from Chelsea because it looked so fun. So without further ado . . . What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?Fantasy. (Just get used to me saying fantasy a lot.) It’s my all-time favorite genre. What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.Horror. Like, if youContinue reading “The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag”