50,000 words of leftover casserole

^^This is why I only wrote one blog post in November.^^ NaNoWriMo was hard this year. There were a few days, lumped together, that I didn’t write anything. Playing catch-up really killed the creative juices. During the last two days of the month, I had to write 10,000 words to reach my goal. To me,…

Thankful

I sketched this up real quick on a poster board and am excited to see what my family writes on it tomorrow! Happiness is moving every single piece of furniture in your house to accommodate a large family 🙂 I like to write a quick Thankful post each year and I will continue to do…

Plotting for NaNoWriMo

I wrote a post last year about how to edit your NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here is the official link to the competition. Basically, it’s writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Sound crazy? Yes, yes it is. And so, so much fun! I’ve done…

Info Dumping

Last month while I was at a critique group, before I began to read my chapter out loud, I asked for them to look for Info Dumps. When I was finished I asked if anyone noticed any. Each person shook their head and said no. Phew, my little plan worked. I had actually inserted a ton…

Whip It Into Shape

It only took me around eight months to write my novel Broken Smiles. It took me three years to edit the same novel. Yes it was my first book that I finished to the end, and part of that was the submission process, but towards the end, before I signed the contract, I was ready…

The Importance of Setting in a Novel

UPDATE: This blog post won an award for “media post” at the 2015 LUW writers conference. ***** Write what you know. How many times have I heard that? Oh man, probably at every conference I have ever gone to, multiple times. I know setting. Long before I was ever an author, I would surround myself…