My Reading Heritage; My Writing History

Previously, I mentioned a little about my introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy. My first science fiction experience was The White Mountains, the first book of The Tripods series by John Christopher.  My 4th grade teacher read it aloud. When she finished reading it, she read the first chapter of the second … Continue reading My Reading Heritage; My Writing History

Trunked Stories

I recently started listing my "trunked" stories beneath my progress bar. I want to take a moment to explain why. Trunked stories are those stories that have been set aside by the author for whatever reason. Maybe publishers just weren't interested. Maybe the writer identified a major flaw. Maybe the writer simply grew out of … Continue reading Trunked Stories

Writing Women

I've only recently discovered I'm terrible at writing female characters. Last week, I read an article by Mirah Bolender published on Tor.com titled "Learning to Write #FearlessWomen." It was an eye-opener for me because I realized I approached female characters with the same hesitations she did.  She explains: "...I wanted to write a male protagonist. … Continue reading Writing Women

My Outlining Process

It's been some time since I wrote a post. That's because I've been spending every moment of spare time I have writing. I've been more productive over the last two months than I was all summer. In large part, because of a new outlining process I've been using. I've tried outlines before. I tried the … Continue reading My Outlining Process

Brandon Sanderson’s Writing Group

In July, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. A friend of mine, Darci Rhoades Stone, whom I met at the Writers of the Future workshop in April (and the Grand Prize winner of Writers of the Future Vol. 34), invited me to attend Brandon Sanderson’s private writing group while I was vacationing in Utah. … Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s Writing Group

My Writing Process

Up until a few months ago, I always thought I was an outline writer. You know, plan the beginning, middle, end -- double check themes, conflict, and character story arch. Sub-headings. Sub-headings of sub-headings. Bullet points. Looked something like this: 1. instigating conflict A. main character wants... -scene: B. main enemy is? C. main character … Continue reading My Writing Process

Dave Farland’s “Quick Start Your Writing Career Workshop”

In June, I attended a workshop given by David Farland called “Quick Start Your Writing Career.” It was an all-day affair, 9 am-5 pm, and a joy to attend. Not only did I spend a day focusing on writing (a break from the kids!), but I also met up with a friend and former writing … Continue reading Dave Farland’s “Quick Start Your Writing Career Workshop”

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story

Personally, I was so excited for this challenge. I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids under five years old. I have practically no time for writing. Getting to write for a whole twenty-four hours seemed like a dream come true. Honestly, I still feel like that. I wish I could write all the time--all day--every … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation

Aw, the infamous twenty-four-hour story. How I love and hate thee. To my surprise, Dave and Tim introduced the twenty-four-hour story the day after our arrival. After a discussion on Hubbard’s “Search for Research” and where to find story ideas, Tim passed out the objects. The Object Luck must have had her eye on me … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation