You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately. I’d reached a point in my writing known as burn-out. We had a multitude of events in our life, and I started to feel overwhelmed. I shut my laptop, stepped away, and enjoyed my family. It refreshed me. Now, I’m back working on hard edits of my work-in-progress that I’m hoping to enter in contests this year. But my break also sparked the idea for a new series. Learning to Write Through Life. Life is filled with learning opportunities whether you’re a child or an adult. The more I grow as a writer, the moreRead More →

Writing is filled with ups and downs as you learn, grow, and continue to write. Not everyone will like your writing. In fact, even best-selling authors have critics. God designed us all differently. So our tastes are different. That means what we write will be liked by some, and disliked by others.  When it comes down to it, you can either give up or keep pressing on. So, what do you do when something happens to discourage you on your writing path? Pray.  In many ways, this is a given. As a Christian, my writing is a calling. I’ve felt it since I was aRead More →

Writing fiction is a craft–one that can be complicated. The road to publication is filled with competition. Even for the most talented writers, there’s so much to learn. From head-hopping, point-of-view, dialogue tags, beats, and inciting incidents, there are millions of terms we writers use to teach how-to’s when it comes to the rules. Then, add that in the fiction-world, rules can be broken. This means that you need to know the rules so that you know when it’s okay to break them and when it’s not. How do you learn what you need to hone your craft? How can you improve? Most of myRead More →

Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Dialogue. It has the power to give information, show personality traits, add humor, and convey tension. It moves the story along—and when done correctly, hooks the reader. There are so many aspects of dialogue that we could hash over, but today, I want to keep it simple and talk about dialogue tags and physical beats. In school, you learn to add variety to compositions with tags such as replied, stated, exclaimed, screamed, whispered, etc. However, in fiction, there is a much stronger way to convey dialogue.Read More →

So writers, you want to write. Now what? Make time to write. But life is so busy. As a type-A mama, I struggle with my to-do list on a daily basis. If I could have my way, my home would be spotless. I’d spend half the day playing with the kids on the floor and cuddling with my husband at the end of the night. Of course, I’d also have hours to work on blogging and writing my latest novel. But there’s this pesky thing called reality. When you have a three-year-old and a one-year-old, spotless doesn’t exist. By the end of the night, I’mRead More →

From the plots swirling in my mind to the words flowing from my fingertips to the keyboard, I love writing. There’s one caveat to that. I am always learning to become a better writer. This year, I’ve added several writing resources to my shelf that I love to use in my time of need. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson. If you’ve spent anytime in writing circles, you know that many writers are known as either planners, pantsers, or something in-between. In other words, either you plan each moment from beginning to end, you write at the seat of yourRead More →