Are you an Early Bird or Night Owl? We’ve all be asked this question before, but I’ve never really liked it because I’ve never felt like either. I like to sleep in a little and take my mornings slow and easy. And, while I do stay up later, I don’t do anything productive later at … Continue reading Finding Your Time
Writers are always asked how they come up with their ideas, but it’s often hard to know exactly where a story idea comes from. Ideas seem to come from anywhere and everywhere, and they sometimes come when you’re not even trying. But for those who are newer to writing and for those who are having … Continue reading How to Get Ideas: Prompts
Writers are always asked how they come up with their ideas, but it’s often hard to know exactly where a story idea comes from. Ideas seem to come from anywhere and everywhere, and they sometimes come when you’re not even trying. But for those who are newer to writing and for those who are having … Continue reading How to Get Ideas: Titles
Today I had planned out in my blog calendar that I was going to write a post called “Why I Love Writing.” I tried writing a draft of this post, but, like everything I’ve tried to write lately, it just wasn’t working. And I had to stop myself because I wasn’t being honest. I do … Continue reading Why I Love Writing, Sometimes
One of the most common questions a writer gets asked is how do you come up with your ideas? And one of the most common answers writers give is I don’t know. For writers, ideas seem to come from anywhere and everywhere, and you might not always be conscious of where exactly an idea comes … Continue reading How to Get Ideas: What If?
I last wrote about how to define success as a writer and the importance of goals. Without goals, I feel completely lost as a writer. Because I work alone most of the time, I need goals to guide me. I need smaller things to work towards that add up to the big things. To help … Continue reading My Writing Goals for 2018
Do you define having achieved success with your writing as getting a book deal with a major publisher? As finishing a manuscript? As getting to share your writing with thousands of readers? As sharing it with just one person, or even just yourself? When we think of successful writers we usually think of the big … Continue reading How Do You Define Writing Success?
This week I’d like to introduce an independent author—Rebecca Fellrath. Rebecca is actually a friend of mine from middle school. We were in an indoor drumline together, but then lost touch when she went back to being home-schooled and my family eventually moved away. Twelve years later, we both ended up in the Dayton area … Continue reading Interview with Rebecca Fellrath, Author of A Lily at Dawn
In addition to making jewelry and coloring, one of my favorite things to do when I’m not writing is watch musicals. One of my first memories is when my mom took me to see my very first musical—a community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Seeing this show when I was little … Continue reading When I’m Not Writing: Watching Musicals
For my birthday this year, I got to see the musical Wicked for the very first time. I’ve been a musical fan my entire life, and I can’t believe I never got to see this show until now. Honestly I was a little disappointed, but I think that’s just because my friends hyped it up … Continue reading 5 Writing Lessons from Wicked