15 Things To Do As You #StayHome

I live in Pennsylvania, with Tom Wolf as the governor. Whether you agree with his politics or not, I don’t envy the job he’s been elected to do. Especially since he’s ordered Pennsylvanians home for another month. While I, gratefully, still have a job, I never thought I’d see the day when I actually can’tContinue reading “15 Things To Do As You #StayHome”

#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen

When I began writing this post I was nearing the end of my first project. Key word: was. Then I tried writing the next book in the series and nothing was working; until I had a late night conversation with one of my beta readers (aren’t betas awesome?). What began life as a novella turnedContinue reading “#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen”

Research It | Covered Bridges

Pennsylvania. The land of bridges. If you read my last post about the different kinds of maps, then you’ll know about topographical maps. If not, then the briefest definition of topography is the “detailed description or representation on a map of the natural and artificial features of an area” and is used mostly in theContinue reading “Research It | Covered Bridges”

Research It | The Map

In my first post of this series I discussed the history of the pen. Exciting stuff, I know. Before there were computers, the pen in all its many forms was the only way to go. Well, there’s the pencil, but that’s a post for another day. Oooh…pencils…. Today’s post is going to be all aboutContinue reading “Research It | The Map”

Facing It | Publishing Scams

Scammers. They’re everywhere. They find something normal and work to exploit those who don’t pay attention to the fine print. Scammers especially exist in the publishing world and I’d like to share a few examples here without specifically calling anyone out. I get it. You want to get your story out there as quickly as possible.Continue reading “Facing It | Publishing Scams”

Facing It | Receiving Advice

I’ve touched upon this topic a little bit already in an earlier post, how there’s a fine line between going back over a chapter you’ve already written ten times over without letting yourself just write the story. But now I feel like I’ve gotten far enough along to where I actually need to start paying furtherContinue reading “Facing It | Receiving Advice”

Going the Traditional Route

My heart has been racing this weekend. I haven’t run a mile or biked or anything like that (which I probably should…). I’ve decided that it is time to face the daunting task of looking for a partner in crime. Also known as a publisher. I was asked on an Instagram post one afternoon ifContinue reading “Going the Traditional Route”

3 Pros for Outlining

There are many things within the authoring world that confuse me, but there’s even more that just makes sense. What might be a necessity for one writer might not even be on the radar for another and vice versa. I didn’t even know about outlining until a year into my research process. I don’t rememberContinue reading “3 Pros for Outlining”

The Infamous Editing Loop

I have a problem. I have more than one problem but that’s not what we’re here to focus on today! That will take far too long (ha!). I remember reading a quote somewhere, and I have to dig it up again, which states that when you’re writing your first draft that you are writing theContinue reading “The Infamous Editing Loop”

The First Betas

I knew this day would eventually come – I would have to start getting opinions from readers and using that feedback to better enhance my writing. Awaiting the results of those opinions, in my opinion anyway, is worse than waiting for a prognosis from a doctor about a medical condition. Why? Because when people readContinue reading “The First Betas”