Can you stop writing – take a break – for “too long”?

On the first day of class, eighteen students sat in a circle, facing each other as awkward as can be. We didn't really look at each other, and most of us had no idea what we were doing there. Our teacher leaned forward and turned to look at each of us. She asked how long … Continue reading Can you stop writing – take a break – for “too long”?

The Liebster Award!

So, not too long after I got my first foul ball from a Texas Rangers game (hit by Mike Trout), my phone buzzed. I glanced down to see that Annlyel James from Annlyel Online nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much, Annlyel, for this lovely surprise! I'm honored. If you haven't already, check … Continue reading The Liebster Award!

Toughest of the tough

You'd think writing the novel was the hardest part. Or perhaps editing the novel was worse. But no. Queries always seem to be the hardest. They are the one thing I have never gotten a "this is amazing" from. I always get critiqued hard and have to start over again. I took a break from … Continue reading Toughest of the tough

Fancy words

Fernweh. Solivagant. Paracosm. The words sound great, but what do they mean? Writers come across this issue at times. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like interesting words that no one knows about. We fall in love with these words, but then we want to write them … Continue reading Fancy words

Writing every day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to get better? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to improve. It didn't matter what was on … Continue reading Writing every day

Thrift the books

I changed my ways of getting books...a bit. As a child, I loved fresh books. The new book smell was intoxicating. I liked the idea of owning something that no one else had owned before. It was mine. But since I got to college, money and gifts hadn't come as much as they used to. … Continue reading Thrift the books

Unknown talented writers

Not all talented writers are well known, which is a shame. Hundreds of writers out there never get the recognition they need. Ajay Tulsiai, a talented writer I’ve found recently, wrote, Takes One to Know One. The story is about a woman in a terrible romantic relationship. She’s pleased that the bank has a long wait, … Continue reading Unknown talented writers

Every writer needs this

As writers, we don't hear what we need to hear as often as we should. So, I will tell you. It's amazing that you have a story idea. You sat down to write today? Great job! You wrote a beautiful sentence? You go you! Wrote a paragraph? Fantastic! Wrote a page? Awesome! Wrote a chapter? Amazing! Finished … Continue reading Every writer needs this

Mystery Blogger Award!

I want to thank JadeLM for being an incredible blogger and for nominating me for this award. (This award is one of my best birthday gifts yet.) Jade writes everything from book reviews, writing advices, short stories, and more. Everything on her blog is great. You can check it out at Jade Writes. “Mystery Blogger Award” … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award!