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The past week or so has been an exhausting emotional rollercoaster for me. As I hope you know by now, Reflection Pond released April 1st. Be sure to… 1,227 more words

On Writing

Outlining (or Taking the Plunge or Going with a Plan)

I never used to outline stories or essays, preferring plunging into the writing process.

After having to sort through several messy, extensive edits, I realized I needed initial guidance as I let my work unfold to save time and energy later on for other writing. 383 more words

Shelley Widhalm

Structure, plotting, and beats oh my

What was I thinking when I signed up for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo? I was already working on a novel. I had already plotted the beginning, middle, and end…Along with the catalyst, the midpoint, the darkest moment, and the B-Story. 621 more words


Blog Tour 2014

Please forgive my absence.

I haven’t been keeping to on my blog, and I really ought to be. However, when fellow writer Douglas Owen asked me to participate in this blog tour, I though it would be a good opportunity to get back into my blog. 554 more words


Look, Ma, No Pants!

(That’s supposed to be an underpants cake pop. Not exactly my best work. :D)

Well, I promised an update on how my writing weekend went, so here you go: I wrote 11,500 words! 245 more words

A few thoughts on routine, inspiration and motivation

I am what you call a Pantser, meaning I don’t pre-write or outline. My creativity comes this way… Let’s suppose I’m done with my latest novel and have chosen to take a break before starting a new one.   871 more words

Novel Update #2 - With notes on my outlining process

I must confess, I hardly touched What Dreams for most of March, but then last week I had Spring Break and made excellent progress.

I’m at 3,902 words, and my outline board looks like this (mostly the same): 628 more words