Roast My Post | An Invitation to Critique My Writing

Roasting. I’m not referring to roasting vegetables, which sounds amazing as it’s nearly dinner time. I’m talking about critiquing another writer’s blog posts. My blog posts. Since beginning this blog in 2016, there’s nearly a hundred posts to my name. Are they any good? Some, admittedly, are worse than others. I know my grammar isContinue reading “Roast My Post | An Invitation to Critique My Writing”

How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing

I come from a family that loves to hone our do-it-yourself skills, analyze projects seen on HGTV shows, and critique how houses are built. Since childhood we often stopped by a local hardware store to gawk at some new lighting or the latest DeWalt gadget after dinner out. Asking if anyone needs anything from HomeContinue reading “How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing”

All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t

When I first looked up writing tips, the word “trope” popped up everywhere – on YouTube, on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. Enter in a whole new world of terms to sift through. Let’s begin discussing tropes. To be unequivocally cliche here, Webster’s Dictionary defines a TROPE as: “a word or expression used in aContinue reading “All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t”

Facing It | Writer’s Block

I’ve decided to start a new blog series called “Facing It.” I don’t know how original it is or if I’m even qualified to write it, but I’ve recently felt like I need to do just what the title implies. To face it. To call out whatever it is and face it rather than avoid orContinue reading “Facing It | Writer’s Block”

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”

#WriteTip

Short #writetip for my fellow #novelvirgins I have been researching my first novel for seven months. Seven. Granted, I took a break over the Thanksgiving/Christmas period because it just became too much with normal life. But that’s the trick, isn’t it? Knowing when too much is just…too much? I don’t know how it is forContinue reading “#WriteTip”

Why You Should Research

Every writer has to start somewhere. Every potential author needs to know that they don’t know everything. That, quite honestly, is one of the cold hard truths of the fast-paced publishing world. When I started this book last September, all I had was one tiny idea. One tiny element that would eventually grow to beContinue reading “Why You Should Research”

On History and Etymology

In order to write a historical novel, it can be helpful to know more history than what is happening as a whole rather than just in your own novel’s settings – why people think how they think, how they speak and what events they know. All can help shape a character’s actions. #shortwritetip