The act of writing steals a surprising amount of mental energy! Sometimes it can creep up unknowingly. One moment you're deep into writing an emotional dialogue scene, and the next you're sitting at the blinking cursor on your screen, without a single sentence coming to your mind. When this happens, sometimes it's best to get … Continue reading 5 Activities to do When You Need a Writing Break
Dawn The sun sets at night and darkness falls, but don’t fear, for dawn must follow. A Kind Word When you look around and see others struggling too, one kind word can help. Thank you so much for reading my haikus! I really hope you enjoyed and were encouraged by them. I always love writing … Continue reading Two Hopeful Haikus
Running out of motivation halfway through a novel, short story, or any writing project is extremely common! I've seen many ambitious young writers start a novel, stoked to write and motivated to draft the entire thing. Then, partway through, all of that drive seems to die away and get lost in the dull words and … Continue reading Can’t Stay Motivated With Your Writing Project? Try This!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Well! Would you look at that! 2022 has already arrived! I'm honestly quite shocked! Time moves so quickly these days, it's stunning! So much has happened in the last year, and I'm so glad I was able to do several of the things I set out to do last year around this … Continue reading New Year’s Day: Looking Backward and Forward
4 years. Whoa. It's pretty crazy when I look back on it--four years of writing blog posts, interacting with readers, growing and improving in my writing. It's been a wild ride, and I wouldn't go back and erase it for the world! It has been so much fun, and so beneficial to my writing journey … Continue reading 4 Years of Blogging!
Smoke rolled over the farmlands that early spring morning as Julie walked, head bent to the oddly warm wind, toward the barn. The sun attempted to stream through the haze but only succeeded in painting the land with a sickly orange light. The frigid atmosphere of the spring day mixed with the heavy smoke made … Continue reading Short Story: Dragon-Silenced
Hello, everyone! I recently wrote two flash fictions, inspired by a couple awesome pictures I found! I decided to share them with you. Make sure you take a look at each picture before reading the flash fiction! You'll be able to connect more if you do. I hope you enjoy! The Window Guardian At the … Continue reading Two Picture-Prompt Flash Fictions!
Well hey there! This post is a little close to the beginning of NaNoWriMo, but I wanted to write it anyway. If you're a writer, sitting on the fence between fully committing to NaNoWriMo 2021 (National Novel Writing Month, where you attempt to write a 50,000+ word story in the month of November) I would … Continue reading 3 Reasons You Should Try NaNoWriMo
A very common fear for a lot of new (and even advanced) writers is the moment where you share your writing with other people. Maybe that's handing over the first couple pages of a novel to your parents or siblings, or submitting a short story for critique in a circle of fellow writers. I know … Continue reading Scared to Share Your Writing? Try These 3 Things!
December 3rd, 2017. I created my first ever blog, along with my email list. I posted my introduction post the day after, and posted my first blog post five days after that. (Man, looking back at those first blog posts brings back a lot of cringe and memories!) Ever since then, every Saturday, for close … Continue reading It’s Been a Long Road… (Big Changes)