A Word to Lean Into

A few years ago I heard about this idea of picking a word for the year to lean into and explore. I’ve picked a word the last several years and I’ve loved what each one has taught me. This year, I’m really excited to do the same and I love the word I’ve chosen. Now,... Continue Reading →

Completing a Goal

I finished the complete revision of MS:SB and it felt so good to complete the goal before 2020 ended. This was a project I started way back in the beginning of the year and I almost let it go. I knew if I did, I would only be slowing down the work I want to... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2020 Reflections

As expected, this year’s challenge was more difficult than years past, but the words have been written and with them the first draft of this story has been set on the page. Finishing a story, proving to oneself that they can complete a story start to finish and show up each and every day for... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2020 Week 5

Day 23: 4,644 words. This might have been the single most amount of words I've written in a day for NaNoWriMo ever. I just couldn't stop after I wrote the chapter I needed to write today. I couldn't leave my characters beaten down and at their lowest point without traveling that darkness with them. I... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2020 Week 4

Day 16: 1,669 words. Ended on another awesome cliffhanger. I like that. Day 17: 1,751 words. I wrote something in this chapter today that, before I wrote it, I had to turn to my husband and say, “this is going to be horrible.” It’s something I didn’t know was going to happen and it is... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2020 Week 2

Day 2: 2,040 words. I really struggled with being distracted during the day (supporting both my girls throughout their school day, laundry, etc.) but once I was able to focus, the words started flowing. I’m dancing through this space in the story where lies are clouding the communication between my characters and it’s leading to... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep 2020 Week 4: Support

NaNoWriMo is not a challenge to be taken on alone, though the writing of it is, obviously, a very individual activity. Anyone who has written before, especially anyone who has taken on a large writing project, knows that having support is incredibly important. A few things. First, support doesn't have to come in the form... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep 2020 Week 3: Believe

The most important thing a writer takes with them into the NaNoWriMo challenge, is the belief in themselves as a writer. Owning that belief in ourselves as writers is so incredibly empowering and important. It’s important because many of us for a very (sometimes very, VERY) long time will be writing without knowing when or... Continue Reading →

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