Monday, November 30, 2015

AND DONE!

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!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

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!

YOU CAN DO THIS!




Know that you're wonderful and no one else out there has a story just like yours. 

It's going to be great! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

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.

Breathe.
Eat.
Sleep.
Write!
Read.
Watch TV.
Write!
Kids.
Hubs.
Friends.
Write!
Family.
Thanksgiving Dinner.
WRITE FASTER!
Sleep.
WRITE LONGER!
All The Other Things!
Christmas shop.
WRITE THE END!

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 time pockets, I'm faithful to them or my novel doesn't get done.

To make sure my writing blast time is successful, I plan it out. I jot down a few sentences at the top of the page, which I use as a rough outline. If I have a longer time pocket, my outline is a little longer. If I only have ten minutes, I may just plan a scene.

Once I finish my word count for the day, I brainstorm for the writing blasts the next day.

And that's it! So far, I've been able to reach 50K each NaNoWriMo.

How about you? What are your favorite tips and tricks?

If you're diving into NaNoWriMo for the first or tenth time, GOOD LUCK! And if you want a buddy, I'm here over at the NaNo site! :)


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Organizing Your Writing Space

 Image by Eric Heupel via Flickr

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: stapler, paper, pens, pencils, computer, your brain! :)
7. Write once you get there!

And that's the gist of it. These are quick and easy tips, but aren't always easy to follow.

Will I always have a clean, organized writing space? Probably not. With three kids at home during the summer, it's easier for me to leave when the husband gets home and chill out at Starbucks. Ahem, I mean write.

Sometimes away from home helps me focus, especially if the coffee shop closes at 10pm and I get there at 7pm. I work my butt off for three hours without getting distracted.

How about you? What does your writing space look like? Does it change from day to day? Are you a clutter bug or a minimalist? I love hearing from you!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Don't Stop!

image via Flickr by Phil Gyford


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!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

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 yourself. Take care of yourself.

4. Remind yourself that things will change. It might be for the worse, but it might get better. Don't shut out the possibilities.

5. Love the people around you. Sometimes being a blessing to others can shake the feeling that all is wrong in the world.

And always DANCE!



How about you? How do you deal with life's ups and downs whether it be writing or just a week that feels like everything against you?

Shine on! Be you! You're irreplaceable!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Eternal Sacrifice Cover Reveal! + GIVEAWAY!!

Today, I'm thrilled to reveal the cover to the last book in the Mortal Enchantment series!! 

AND AND AND!!!

If you're new to the series, this is the BEST TIME to check it out!!!

THE SHADOW PRINCE & MORTAL ENCHANTMENT are currently available for FREE on Amazon April 24th-April 28th!!!! 

EEEEEEKKKK!!

So pick up your copies NOW!!!



And now, here is the cover of the last book in the series, ETERNAL SACRIFICE!!!
Drum roll, please...


EternalSacrifice.v2-Final.v2


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