I don’t know if it’s like this for any of you, but when I’m working on a new manuscript, I can’t write anything else. Not a short story, not a blog post, hardly even an email. My mind is so full of new book stuff that there’s just no room to add more. That’s why… Continue reading Great Writing Doesn’t Happen Fast
No book is perfect. It’s more common than you think to find a typo or a misspelled word, those proverbial book Easter eggs, on a page or two. Unfortunately, things like that get missed in books before they go to production all the time, even when they’re edited by the best editing team on the… Continue reading Chasing Book Perfection—or Book Perfect-ish
What Makes Your Story YOU? All books have themes. Things the author subtly (or not so subtly!) imparts into their stories. Like perseverance or teamwork or whatever. My books have them too and I could probably write a post just about those. But that’s not what I’m thinking about today. I’ve noticed a different kind… Continue reading What’s Your Magic Writer’s Mark?
I’m a creature of habit. I crave routines and consistency. I guess that’s why I love week days. I’m in my element Monday through Friday. That’s when I set my goals (whether they’re writing related or not), get to work, and basically thrive. Don’t get me wrong, I love the weekends too but there’s more… Continue reading My 5 Star Morning Routine
The best ideas spark when you let your mind swirl! So basically, daydreaming is GOOD. As an author, I consider it part of my job. But it’s essential for anyone who’s trying to work through a problem or think up the next BIG thing too. Letting your mind wander isn’t as easy as it sounds… Continue reading Sparks of Inspiration
Did you achieve your reading goal this year? I didn’t even come close! I honestly thought I would though, especially with all the days we spent in quarantine. But, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because although I didn’t read as many books as I wanted to, I did write one and… Continue reading Books that Made my Year
November. I blinked and it’s gone. This was a month of so much. Some days too much to be honest! But I can’t let the month slip away without acknowledging all the good. My family has been under one roof this whole month! Due to his college shut down, my son has been home for… Continue reading Turning the Page on November
Pop the Bronze Balloon is here! It soared onto the horizon today and I’m so ready to burst! I now have a trilogy!! It honestly feels just as exciting and nerve wracking as it did in 2018 when Spin the Golden Light Bulb debuted! Writing books for kids has been one of the most amazing… Continue reading Pop the Bronze Balloon is Here!
Hello! It’s been awhile since I checked in with you. I hope you’ve been well! I haven’t been blogging much but I have been writing. A lot! So much writing actually and so much revising. I’m working on a manuscript that has totally reignited my love for writing middle grade… not that I ever lost… Continue reading The Day Before a Book is Born
Writing at home means writing wherever it works at the moment. Today’s writing spot is the kitchen. At least the Kuerig is close by! Our kitchen is pretty bright. The sun fills it with just enough light to keep me motivated. On a very rare occasion, it’s quiet too. So here I am in my… Continue reading Magic Writing Potion