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AND DONE!

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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

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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! 

NaNoWriMo 2015

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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 ti…

Organizing Your Writing Space

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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!

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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…

Eternal Sacrifice Cover Reveal! + GIVEAWAY!!

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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!!!

Click HERE for Links to FREE BOOKS!!!

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



Click HERE to add this book to your Goodreads TBR! As promised, here is the Gift Card CONTEST!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

PLAY ON Release Day! + GIVEAWAY

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Play On by Michelle Smith is out today! 

Giveaway at the bottom of the post! Win a copy of the book, Amazon gift card, or bookmarks!




In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek--he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the …

PLAY ON Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Today I'm so excited to be a part of the PLAY ON blog tour with an AWESOME character interview! The publisher, Spencer Hill, is generously gifting a copy to one lucky winner so make sure to enter the giveaway below.

Here's more about the book and the character of the day, Marisa!



In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes A…

Hello Spring!

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Okay, wow, I haven't been here since November! I have, however, been over at Revision Warriors! Check out my blogs here.

I'm so excited it's SPRING! And in a sense, I'm doing some spring cleaning by updating here and also sharing some things that have/are happening.

So I finished NaNo! I'm revising and rewriting that beast right now. It's name is BLOOD & BONES and I'm soooooo very, very, very excited about it. The genre is YA and it's a supernatural horror fantasy. That's a mouthful, but... it is what it is! The story takes place in a world that reflects the Ottoman Empire for those who took Humanities in college. *wink* And it has pirates and all sorts of evil that doesn't seem evil until it melts your skin off. So much fun!

Next up on the writerly front, I signed up for DFW Writers Conference! I'm so excited about it! If you're in the DFW or North Texas area, I would highly recommend going. They have a great line-up of agents and …