My New Year’s Goals

I'm using the word "goals" because "resolutions" seems to imply that I've decided what I'm going to do differently this new year. However, since I know I'm going to fail at times, I'd rather refer to them as goals because it's something to strive toward; this will help me not be so hard on myself … Continue reading My New Year’s Goals


Too Busy to Write?

It's November! To all the writers out there, it's that time of the year again! In case you haven't heard, November is national novel writing month (or NaNoWriMo), so if you've been wanting to write a novel, now is the time to do it! The goal of NaNoWriMo is exactly what it says, to write … Continue reading Too Busy to Write?

Finding Your Calling

When I was starting to think about college, I got to the point where I felt like I was standing in the middle of an intersection that split a million different ways. The options were endless, but all I wanted was to know what direction God wanted me to take. Not just the school, but … Continue reading Finding Your Calling

Write What You’re Passionate About

The cursor on your blank computer screen blinks. It’s teasing you and you’re sure it’s doing it on purpose. You had an idea for this chapter days ago but found other things to do instead of writing it. Why? You have another novel idea in mind but you’re refusing to start something new for the … Continue reading Write What You’re Passionate About

The Fatal Flaw

While at the Speak Conference a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to several people about the various books I’m working on and have in mind. During one of my conversations, it was pointed out to me that my novel I’ve been editing this summer has what I’m now calling “the fatal … Continue reading The Fatal Flaw

Speak Up 2017 Changed My Life

Let me just start off by saying, if you’re a writer (or speaker) Speak Up is a must! My first night at the conference, I sat down with a group of women who were ready to critique my writing. Taking in a deep breath, I handed over the first page of my precious novel for … Continue reading Speak Up 2017 Changed My Life

When You Feel Stuck: Revising a Novel

I’ve reached the point in revising my novel where I’m overwhelmed and again feeling that the task is impossible. What brought me to this point, you ask? Chapter One. Going back over my first chapter, I realized I had a ton of information that wasn’t needed right away. But how could I jump right into … Continue reading When You Feel Stuck: Revising a Novel

Revising Individual Scenes

As many of you know, I am in the process of revising my first novel. This week, I finally made it to the point where I’m revising scenes. I’m just now getting to this because I wanted to make sure I had the general structure of my novel down before I started, this way, I … Continue reading Revising Individual Scenes

Making a Revision Outline

This week, I’ve been working on making an outline for revising my novel. This is to help me stay organized and focused on the most important scenes as I write my next draft. Here’s how I decided what scenes were important: As I mentioned in my previous post on writing, I’ve made an index card … Continue reading Making a Revision Outline

Where to Begin—Revising a Novel

  This summer, I set a goal to edit the first novel I wrote. Technically, I’m working from a second draft (first written in seventh grade), but it feels like a first draft because it’s so terrible! As I look through my chapters, I am beginning to feel like I’m in over my head. Other … Continue reading Where to Begin—Revising a Novel