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The Best Part of Writing a Novel Is Realizing You CAN Write a Novel

After weeks of working on nonfiction pieces, a picture book, and toying with an idea for a YA novel, I am diving back into a daunting/exhilarating adult novel. 285 more words


I Hate First Drafts

I hate first drafts. If you gave me an ultimatum of having each fingernail slowly torn off or writing a first draft, it’s highly likely I’d take the former. 1,201 more words

Sarah Waters

Bird by Bird

 By Ellen Leventhal

Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.

What a simple and brilliant statement. Anne Lamott (my new pretend BFF whom I have never met) tells a story of a time when her brother was overwhelmed with the enormity of a task before him. 688 more words

Distractions Away, Latte on Hand

Lately the hardest part of writing for me has been using the time I have well. Okay, so maybe not just lately. Maybe that’s always a challenge. 204 more words


Fueling the Nanowrimo Hype Train Because YES

There have been so many things going on in daily life that I almost forgot that Nanowrimo was sneaking up on me. National Novel Writing Month is waiting at the beginning of every November, giving us thirty days of writing pain and glory. 419 more words

Productivity is habit forming

Karalee’s Post #92

Last week I made commitments to be productive in my writing and to keep a balanced life while doing so. I’m very glad of the list as it has already helped me focus my time and energy and get some writing and outlining done even with life’s priorities shifting temporarily in an unforeseen direction. 335 more words

Writer's Journey


With Nanowrimo coming up in a few weeks, I thought I’d share some tools I’ve been playing with to keep track of a novel’s timeline. One of my works-in-progress involves multiple generations and interwoven plot lines, so a chart was just not going to cut it this time.  259 more words