Manuscript Monday is a series of blog posts which chronicle the life of my manuscript. It follows the journey I take to turn my week old baby story idea into a fully grown, polished novel. Take the journey with me. 🙂 Writers tend to have a preferred way of drafting a new manuscript. They either… Continue reading Manuscript Monday #24
Manuscript Monday is a series of blog posts which chronicle the life of my manuscript. It follows the journey I take to turn my week old baby story idea into a fully grown, polished novel. Take the journey with me. 🙂 My 7 week- old manuscript: Happy Monday! Today, as much of our country closes down and… Continue reading Manuscript Monday # 7
Yesterday was the last day of school for my kids. Yippee! Hooray! Time to do a happy dance. My kids skipped through the door and tossed their backpacks. They did the happy dance. Okay maybe they didn’t skip, and maybe they didn’t do the happy dance either, but they did toss their backpacks. They are… Continue reading Plot vs. Story
Obstacles are no fun. They get in the way. They block the road or the path or your dreams. Obstacles can be small like the time when little Patrick couldn’t finish building his tower because he used up all his wooden blocks. Or the time Jenna couldn’t color the grass green on her picture because… Continue reading Throw Obstacles in the Path
We all want to create interesting characters for our stories, right? I sure do! One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to give your character a Basic Belief. A Basic Belief is something your character believes to be true. Here are 2 examples of characters and their Basic Beliefs: • Tori… Continue reading Basic Beliefs
You just might be. If you can’t get enough of your favorite books… you know, if your nose is stuck in a book kind of a lot, then yup—you’re a Bouque. So what’s a Bouque? The French word, Bouquiner means to read—or loosely translated, to have one’s nose stuck in a book. So that’s what I… Continue reading Are You a Bouque?
Whether you’re writing a story for children or adults, there are universal writing principles that will make your story stronger. These tips, originally created for beginning writers of middle grade fiction, can be applied to writers of any level, who write fiction for any audience. Find Your Writing Voice What exactly is voice? Writing voice is… Continue reading Scribble Tips
Hey Lovelies, 7 Days!! Ohmygosh, we’re one week out from release of Flip the Silver Switch and I’m not gonna lie. It is NOT easier the second time around! I was thinking I would be a seasoned pro by the time my second book published but here we are seven months later and NOPE—not a… Continue reading To Launch Party or Not to Launch Party?
Hey Lovelies! Spring is in the air and one of my favorite springtime colors is purple—the color of beautiful lilacs! Here in my hometown of Rochester, the Lilac Festival is a massive event. It draws people from all over. So, I thought what better time to debut the book trailer for my purple covered middle… Continue reading Book Trailer Debut: Flip the Silver Switch
Hey Guys, I hope you had a great weekend! As you know, I live a very glamorous life and so my weekend was filled with organizing paper type stuff. Now I may be a writer and love paper and pens and such, but organizing mail and bills, etc., is not what I would call fun.… Continue reading Just Put One Word in Front of the Other