Trying New Writing Software

Ever since I finished my rough draft, I’ve been working on organizing my thoughts and figuring out exactly what I want this book to say. Unfortunately, my writing software–an ancient version of Microsoft Word–isn’t cooperating very well. There’s a lot going on in my story, at least to me. I have a huge world, and […]

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Looking Back on 2020

I started this website on January 1, 2020, with the intention of having a fully polished, ready-to-publish novel by the end of the year. The last few years of my life had been pretty eventful (mostly in bad ways), and I wanted to challenge myself with something that would have positive results if I stuck […]

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December Update

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I’m kind of in blogathon burn-out mode, so I thought a simple recap would be nice (for me) rather than my usual Wednesday rant. So…Let’s talk about my project list, shall we? Completed Projects The novel The novel rough draft is finished. I think I’ve already mentioned that, but I don’t care. It was quite […]

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October Progress Update

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my writing projects here, so I thought I’d do an update post today. If you follow me on social media, some of this might be familiar to you. The Blog Honestly, I’m just keeping on keeping on. I feel like I should do more promotion, and I […]

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Where I am: Progress Report and Novel Updates

If you had told me back in January that I’d be where I am today, I probably would have laughed in your face. Instead of a writing post today, I thought I’d give you a little progress report about the new website and where I am in my novel. Let’s get started! About the website […]

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My Novel Progress

 I’ve officially been at this for about six months now, although the blog has mainly been my opinions about the craft and mechanics of writing rather than updates about my actual novel. It seems like a good time for a progress report. I took a huge break from working on my novel, basically from mid-February […]

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Writing and Grief

Today’s post is near and dear to me for a number of reasons, and I expect it will resonate with a number of you as well. Let’s get personal, shall we? I’ve been working pretty hard on my story, but early last month I realized that I need to increase my daily word count if […]

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Hooking Readers: Should your story start with a bang?

Today’s post is inspired by a thread on r/writing that was unfortunately deleted before the discussion really got going. I thought it was worth talking about in depth, though, so here we are. Does the first sentence of your story really need to be a hook that lures readers in? I think the OP was […]

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My Novel

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I started posting here and we’ve talked about my background and several elements of writing, but I haven’t actually told you much about the project I’m working on right now. Why don’t we do that today? I did a lot of soul searching before I decided to get […]

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2020 Is My Year

When I was a little girl, about four or so, I gathered up my favorite book from my grandma‚Äôs house along with paper and a crayon from the play room, and got to work. The story was about a goose who saved money to buy the gander she loved from a farmer that wanted to […]

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