HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL! 🎉 Did you know that not only is this year 2020—the start of a whole new decade of possibilities—but it’s also *leap* year?? How cool is that? I can’t fully explain *why* but, that just lights a fire in me! And now, one of my goals for this new, fantastic year, is to finish the first draft of my second novel, … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR! A Mighty Welcome to Year 2020!
I couldn’t help it. This made me literally laugh out loud. Did you know that Stephen King tried to throw away his manuscript of Carrie? But then his wife read it and told him that he needed to publish it? What would’ve happened if Stephen King had quit right then? Had given in to the negative voices in his head and had never seen his … Continue reading Words Live Longer Than Critics
I wish you would appear before me As the sun rises in the east Only if you love me as the Dawn loves the Earth and warms her in his arms Say you love me, burn away all the frost And warm me in your light Don’t forget me floating through the dark Abyss, and lost amongst the stars Say you love me Don’t forget … Continue reading Lost Amongst the Stars
Write the book you want to read! I’ve always been drawn to books. If a store has a book section, I’m in it. If a store has ALL books, well… I could live there. I don’t need food. I just need books… And a bathroom. And chocolate. And Dr. Pepper. But mostly books. But one day, I noticed that I’d always leave the book section … Continue reading Write the Book You Want to Read
One of the things I hear from other writers, that holds them back, is just how much they beat themselves up as they struggle to write their first draft. I’ve had huge battles with this, too! I cannot tell you how many times I rewrote *just* the first chapter of a manuscript about 8 years ago. It was my first attempt at writing a novel … Continue reading What The First Draft Really Is