Write for YOU! 

I’ve been working on a specific manuscript for about a year or so now. It has received a lot of positive responses and feedback. It received a full request and a revise and resubmit along the way. But, I’m here to tell you why it’s important to write the story for YOU. On my revise…

Writing can be Exhausting

Writing and submitting is much like landing a job interview. You search where to send your story, tweak your cover letter to match the organization, and submit. Unless you are an artist or writer it’s hard to understand how creativity can he tiring. How much life it can suck out of you. Looking back at…

Handling BAD Book Reviews 

We all love it when someone takes the time to write a nice book review. But when someone takes the time to leave a less than steller review…our feelings are not so grateful. I have come across the honest truth that there is not a lot of information on how to handle crappy book reviews. …

Writing Ideas

I’m often asked “how do you get so many ideas for stories? Where do they come from?”  They come from… being absent-minded. I know it sounds embarrassing. But it’s the truth.  When I’m staring out the window (looking at clouds or wondering where the mailman is at), gardening, even showering…TMI?). Anytime my mind as the…

Virtual Traveling

When I was about eleven years old, in Mrs. Morgan’s class, I had to pick a place to do a social studies report on. Part of that involved requesting travel guides from the place we selected. I picked the United States Virgin Islands (I was obsessed with beach life at the time). In class we…

The Truth About Writing 

A few days ago, as I wrote, something profound came to me. Writing is not JUST writing. Yes, you can sit down and write a story. But, everything before and after is what makes writing… WRITING. Writing is about the great books you read. It’s about the horrible books you read. Writing is about the…

Stages of Receiving an R/R

I recently received a revise and re-submit option from an agent. I wanted to share with other writers what it was like to receive such an awesome email. Reading the email Realizing what I just read The feeling of it sinking in Can I do the revision? Yes I can do it! Oh no, I…

Writing Stew

As I made my first vegan stew the other night (it turned out excellent, after some fixes), I realized how much writing is like cooking. Take for example my vegan stew. I took what I knew it needed, then kind of experimented the rest of the way through. As with writing you might have the…

I Must Write….

I stopped writing. I just gave it up, suddenly. It was towards the end of October. I had sent my latest manuscript to my agent, and then as though I had stepped on the handle of a shovel, the metal scoop came flying up and knocked the writing right out of my head. We always…

The Upcoming of SEND

I have mentioned in a few prior post that my latest middle grade WIP has been an amazing story of beauty to write. It has been, mostly, my only focus this summer. It’s been in the 90’s here in Phoenix as we are mid-way through October, so I am saying it’s still summer (I MISS…

Seeing Differently

I’m working on the final edits for my middle grade novel, and diving into two prior picture books that I have set aside for about four months. Upon my return to their story I have edited, and tried something new. I made a small 32 page book and took EACH sentence and cut it out…

Facts About the Writer in Me

I read the author bio on the jacket flap at least 3 times in the course of the book. (Before I buy it, mid-way through, and once I finish). I watch movies and think about how it would have played out as words on a page. New story ideas come to me when I’m writing…