#NaNoAnonymous Day 7

Day 7 of my alternative NaNoWriMo challenge (that is, my challenge to NOT check my word count this month and to simply build good writing habits) has arrived, and it is still a challenge for me. I have made a certain amount of peace with the fact that I will not be measuring my success this... Continue Reading →

Types of Writers – Strengths and Weaknesses of The Control Freak

A thought occurred to me the other day when I was talking to my friend and fellow author Genevieve Raas (Her upcoming novel, Spin, is incredible! I am so smug to have read an advanced copy!). She and I were sharing our writing challenges and successes, and I was baffled by the differences in our writing... Continue Reading →

The Editing Process

I'm at last in the final stages of editing #SpiritSeekerBook2, my forthcoming sequel to the YA Fantasy novel Wanderling. Though I can at last see the the light at the end of the editing tunnel, I can honestly say that the entire process has been exhausting. It's drained time and resources for me and my most... Continue Reading →

Overcoming Self-Doubt as an Author

To be a writer, or artist in general, is to live with chronic self doubt. If you don't have moments where you look at your work and wonder how you could have poured years of your life into your art only to produce a heaping pile of putrid garbage, you are a minority in the... Continue Reading →

The Self-Publishing Journey

As I prepare to release my second self-published book, I can't help reflecting on the journey of discovering the indie publishing world for the first time. Though Wanderling is the sixth book I have written, it is the first I have self-published, and the process of getting it out to readers has been a rewarding... Continue Reading →

Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

Two times in the past I have participated in, and won, the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenges writers around the world to write 50,000 words. It is a grueling, intense experience that yields high rewards as far as getting you motivated to write your book. NaNoWriMo helped me jump start Wanderling in... Continue Reading →

Taking Notes

My first year of college is well underway and midterms are behind me at last! Classes have gone smoothly so far, but I have reached the point in any semester where every lecture seems to last forever. It is easy to let your mind wander in class, but paying attention can save you much time... Continue Reading →

On Editing

Only two days left to send your manuscripts in for the Tweener Time Chapter Book Competition! If you are anything like me, you're probably panicking right about now, trying to do some last-minute editing. Truth be told, I did most of my proofreading the night before the deadline. It can be an overwhelming task, and... Continue Reading →

Writing Process and Outlines

Over the weekend, I finished the first draft of my manuscript. It pleases me to say that I achieved my goal of finishing it before I turned 18. After writing four books, I have learned what to expect in every stage of my writing. Everyone has their own process when working on a project-- and... Continue Reading →

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