Back At It

After missing a few years because life got busy, I'm back at the blog! We built a house, and I wrote some more NaNo novels! Okay, I attempted to write them. I didn't make it to the 50K mark, but I wrote, and that's what matters.

I've thought lately about some goals for this year after speaking with my sister, who has made some excellent goals for 2018. I'm super jealous of her determination of completing a list of 20 things! Not just one New Year's resolution! As I pondered this, I definitely came up with some writerly goals. Two of which are to finish the edits for my YA fantasy and query it before summer. The other is to revise and edit my 2013 NaNo YA sci-fi, which I adore.

As far as personal or family goals, I just want everyone to eat, sleep, and be healthy! So I'm going to try to cook more meals at home and encourage all my little chickens to sleep, myself included (hubs also!). And hopefully return to my fondness for yoga and pilates. I had a friend …


NaNoWrioMo 2015 is over today! I just finished and received this awesomeness! I love how encouraging the NaNoWriMo folks are. I wouldn't have my first draft of a new novel without them! The community is amazing!!

I'm still cheering for all those who are in different time zones and typing away! YOU CAN DO THIS! Even if you don't hit the 50K mark--if you've typed a page or a chapter--you have made more words happen than zero. And that's something!!

For those who are finished, I hope to revise and rewrite with you in the coming months! We have our drafts, now let's make them shine before next November!!

Love to each of you! You're irreplaceable. Only you can tell your story!

Love and blessings!!

Hitting the Halfway Point

Today is the 15th day of NaNoWriMo!!! YAAAAAAAAAAY!

Congratulations to all who have written more than one word! Double congrats if you've completed a sentence!

NaNoWriMo isn't the same for everyone.

Some decide they have to write the traditional 50K.

Some try to finish a novel that they've already started.

Some might try to write 50 picture books!

Whatever your goal is, keep going.

Keep trying!

Don't worry about word count or if the story is amazing or not.

There will be an entire year before next November for editing!!

Just write the words! Any words!


Know that you're wonderful and no one else out there has a story just like yours. 
It's going to be great! 

NaNoWriMo 2015

In just two days...

I'll be participating in another NaNoWriMo! YAY!!

I love how tons of writers come together and encourage one another to get creative and write! Last year I wrote a YA supernatural fantasy called Blood and Bones, which I'm querying right now!

Writing a novel in 30 days can be done. Don't give up!

Like most creative peeps, I have a very specific formula that gets me through NaNo.

Watch TV.
Thanksgiving Dinner.
All The Other Things!
Christmas shop.

Really. I do all this. BUT...

To actually write, I use a computer. HA! No, really, I write in short blasts throughout the day. It's like sprinting. Though it's not as cute as these adorable penguins.

First, I find pockets of time for my writing blasts. It might look like thirty minutes while waiting in the pick-up line or an hour after the kids go to bed. Once I've got my ti…

Organizing Your Writing Space

At home, my writing space is in my bedroom. It's an old desk where I also tend to stack papers and books. I pay bills there and file stuff. It faces a window and has a little lamp on it.

Does a little clutter bug me? Not really. Usually, I move the paper pile and books off the desk when I sit down to write or edit, and move them back when I'm done.

Is this ideal? Probably not.

 So I decided to hunt down some ideas via Google on how to create a productive writing space. Here are some of the most helpful hints I found.

1. Free your space of clutter!
2. Some inspirational notes, pictures, verses, etc are acceptable, but trinkets galore can be distracting.
3. Have a door you can close.
4. Sometimes we write in a cafe or coffee shop, bookstore, or library. So, yeah, no doors. But also no distractions like laundry, bills, pets, kids, spouses, etc...
5. If working without a door, bring some excellent earphones/headphones.
6. Make sure you have the supplies you need. Examples: staple…

Don't Stop!

When the muse hits, it's great! Words flow from our brains to the page.

Then, we stop. There's nothing.

How is the main character going to get out of the mess she's in? I can think and think and have absolutely no idea.

That's when I just go with whatever pops into my brain.

Yep. I make something up that may or may not work in the end, but at least I have something written down.

Never suppress the imagination. Go with it. You can always edit it or revise if a better (more logical) idea comes your way.

So when writer's block hits hard, push back! Don't stop! Keep creating no matter what!

Finding Hope When All Seems Hopeless

At any point in time we can all feel hopeless.
We wake up to a flat tire. We left the headlights on overnight.
We're running late.

The computer crashes.
A kid is sick.
We fight with a loved one.

Writer's block!

All these things and more.

Anytime. Anywhere.

So how do we find hope when it feels like the world wants to chew us up and spit us out?

For me, I turn to God. I pray my little heart out. I read and meditate on God's promises for my life.

I call my husband. Talk to a friend. I reach out.

In my writing life, I seek out my critique partners and hunt the web for relevant blog posts.

There is hope. A new day comes tomorrow.

Sometimes, this works, sometimes, it doesn't. The hopelessness may last more than a day or two. Don't give up. Shake things up. Get a new perspective.

Kicking Out Hopelessness:

1. Remember you are loved.

2. Don't try to live this life alone. Reach out. Reach up. Grab on to life. Talk to someone about what you're feeling.

3. Take time for…