Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not. Maybe that's what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week traveling with another … Continue reading Blog Break
A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question "How long does it take you to finish a draft?" My first gut reaction answer to that question was "F-O-R-E-V-E-R," but sadly, I couldn't figure out how to embed this little video clip into the comments on his blog. It's … Continue reading Draft #1 – Done!!
I'm the girl who would rather go into an Office Max or The Container Store than the shoe department at Nordstroms. I love any little doo-dads that might make my life a little easier. I like to be organized; I'm not a neat freak, just organized. This past week, I discovered the mother of all organizational tools on … Continue reading Cool Tool to Organize your Writing
I still haven’t finished my novel’s first draft, but last week I dug myself out of a bit of a plot hole by relying on . . . my education. Shocking, I know, but it’s nice when those English degrees actually come in handy. I was having a hard time transitioning from the all the … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #1 – The Departure
1) My blog - I finally updated the "about me" page and changed the name of my blog. This is the third name, but that's okay. It needs to grow with me. It's now titled, "Speaking of Words, Quilts, and Life." In reviewing the collection of posts I've made, most of my posts somehow address creativity in … Continue reading I’m still a WIP
A week ago it happened. It was happily writing along. One character was telling a story about a situation to another character. I thought I knew what happened. I was writing it after all, but then, when the character finished telling the story, he let it slip that not just one, but TWO other characters had died. I had … Continue reading If my characters keep dying, does that make me a serial killer?
One of my goals for this spring break was to take my laptop to a coffee shop and write. Just about every time I enter into a coffee shop, I see people with laptops. Clearly, there is a portion of the population who find them productive places to work, and I wanted to see if … Continue reading Writing in a Coffee Shop