On Writing

There’s more to writing that typing.

Driven to Write

I’ve been writing like a possessed woman this summer, nearing 190,000 words in a little over 2 months.  Part of that is because I’ve had this story in my head for nearly two years and it was well fleshed out.  Another part was that I discovered with Camp NaNoWriMo how much visuals helped motivate me to meet my goal.  The other part is summer. I’m lucky enough to have summers off, and I’ve always attempted to write during the summertime.  This is the first year I’ve actually accomplished that though.  As I see the summer coming to a close, I’m starting to freak out a little, especially when I woke…


Changing a Character’s Name

I’ve gotten nearly 90K words into my story and I had a change of heart. I had to change the name of a secondary character because it just wasn’t working. Part of it was that I hadn’t considered her last name. How dumb is that? Luckily, it’s going easier this time around.  The last time I did this in a story, I struggled forever. In fact, I’m still struggling with that change, the character’s old name popping into my head when I tell people about my novel. It’s crazy how ingrained these names become. One tool that helped me a lot this time was the Baby Name Explorer on babycenter. I love the…


Camp Nano

I surpassed 50K words in less than 25 days & keep on writing.


How did I ever live without …

Last December I decided to download the trial version of Scrivener.  Even before the 30 day trial was over I was buying the software.  I love this program and for many reasons. Planning is a breeze in either corkboard or outliner mode.  I prefer corkboard because I love to see things laid out in a more visual manner and outlines just take me back to high school composition classes and the nightmare of writing my masters thesis. My entire story is opened in one document with super simple navigation.  No more opening large, cumbersome files in Word with my entire story or opening 25 separate files, one for each chapter.…


Ending Marriage Discrimination

I feel like it’s possible.  This video makes me feel so hopeful.


I’m Gonna Be Published!

I have a publishing contract in hand.  I’m flummoxed and excited and scared all wrapped up into a fireball of happy right now.  Unfortunately, each and every loved one that I wanted to share this joy with is unavailable.  Haha.  So I’ll go crazy here. *streaks naked all over the internets* WHOO HOO!



I sit where it all began, in my bed.  The place where I was pushed by a friend to write nearly a year ago when I was paralyzed by the loss of my step-dad. I started to write that night and every night after for well over a week, further inspired by the prednisone I took for my bronchitis.  Then I left the story to blend and simmer for a bit.  Every so often I’d come back to see how it was doing, tweaking, adding, and fixing.  Then, after the push from a friend or two, I picked it up near Thanksgiving and really, seriously got to work, finishing the…


Submission & Life Woes

Submitting a story for publication. OMG!  I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. How do you put your heart and soul out there like that and not get a little nauseous?  Granted, I’ve submitted myself to the fan fiction world for over two years now.  You’d think I was okay with being read/judged.  Apparently not.  Submission seems so much bigger.  Like…HUGE!!! My story, Fall Into You, is ready to go.  Edits are done.  Several trusted people have read through it and given me their feedback.  My cover letter is essentially written.  There is only one thing that remains. The dreaded summary. *Cue silly melodramatic music*  …


The Editing Process

I know a lot of writers who dread the editing process. Just the mere visual of their lovely manuscript being marred by red or purple or yellow is enough to turn their stomachs. Granted, I’ve not always had great experiences editing. I’ve cried, gotten so angry that I’ve wanted to throw things (my computer in particular), or simply just closed my document and walked away because those marks somehow suddenly reflected back on who I was. But I persisted. Perhaps it’s cliché, but my stories are my babies. They come from a place inside me that I can’t quite explain. I carry them around for a long time before I…



I’m done writing Fall Into You. Done! Actually, I’ve been done for awhile, but have been deep in the editing mindset and have sort of lost myself in the process. It’s always amazing to me how different the processes of writing and editing are. I’m glad I have both though. Right now, the story is with someone who I asked to rip it to shreds. I’m not so sure that I’ll ever ask that of someone again. Haha. I’ll just have to see how it goes. Yet, I’ve gone through the manuscript so many times that I’ve lost count. I’m ready to see this thing through. Is it worthy of…


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