Dare to be a Voice

This month I’ll be focusing my blog on my forthcoming anthology Dare to be a Voice. Wildlife and wild places written by talented young writers are at the heart of this anthology. Publishing an anthology was a brainstorm of mine when I felt the need to try something new and … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo–The Finish Line

Today is November 30th and NaNoWriMo ends at 11:59 p.m. Congratulations to everyone who finished. Crazy-loud cheers to everyone who is still writing. Wherever you may be with your word count, the most important point to take away from this challenge was that you gave it your best shot. No … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo–When Life Interrupts

Last week writers in the US hit a major bump in the NaNoWriMo road: Thanksgiving holiday. This is an extra-long weekend. Kids typically are out of school from Wednesday until Monday. Spouses might have this time off, too. Family is coming to visit, or you’re going to see family. All … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo – Halfway Point

Halfway to the finish line of NaNoWriMo. To date, I have written over 35,000 words. I’ve been pretty good at keeping up with my 2,000-word/hour pace. I needed to get down that many words per writing session because my weekends are unpredictable. I never really know if I’ll have uninterrupted … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo – Week 1

How’s everyone doing so far? Week one is usually the most energetic week of NaNoWriMo. Writers are still riding high on the idea of pummeling their notebooks or computer screens with word after word. We’re not really tired yet, and we probably haven’t yet reached a point where we’ve gotten … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo Begins

Today is lift-off for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, and you are a writer, check out the info here. The idea of writing 50,000 words in 30 days can be a bit harrowing. Many writers won’t attempt the feat, while … READ MORE

How to Use Strengths and Weaknesses to Develop a Character

Character development is one of the most important big picture elements writers need to focus on when they begin a novel. Both internal and external development boil down to a character’s strengths and weaknesses. The terms “character strengths,” “character weaknesses,” and “character flaws” are often used to describe internal and … READ MORE

Your Secret Garden of Writing

We all have a story we tell more for our own indulgence or self-help than to entertain others. Sometimes we keep these kinds of stories in journal form, safe from prying eyes. Other times, these kinds of stories seep out to the world when we’re feeling brave and sure. No … READ MORE

Writers—Start Your NaNoWriMo Engines

Starting November 1st writers across the globe will be hunkering down at their laptops, desktops, paper, what-have-you, and crafting a brand-new story for National Novel Writing Month. We get thirty days to write 50,000 words. A writing frenzy that will require loads of caffeine, inspiration, and perseverance. In 2011, I participated for … READ MORE

How to Discover your Protagonist’s Story Goal

Your protagonist (or any POV character, for that matter) needs to have a story goal. This is above and beyond an urge or desire or hope.  A story goal is concrete, and it requires steps that will lead the character into the story’s conflict. Your character may be dissatisfied with … READ MORE