Tips and Tricks, writing

Quick Tip #11

Writing a villain? Within the first meeting, include these three things to make them terrifying but utterly compelling to readers. A dangerous or “evil” conviction they hold and why Something they have lost as a result Something/someone they love (not obsessed, that’s different) or care about deeply (people are generally best but it still works… Continue reading Quick Tip #11

Original Work, writing

Diamonds: A Flash Fiction Romance Story

They slipped out. Those simple words that were never meant to see daylight, let alone parade out in to it. Like a wet glass in a soapy hand, they slipped and shattered into a million pieces. There was no way to ever undo it and there was no way I could ever piece it back… Continue reading Diamonds: A Flash Fiction Romance Story

prompts, writing

Story Prompt #17

Long ago, two kingdoms reigned. One was full of snow and ice, the other full of flowers and sunlight. The people were distant from one another. But, on the border of the two kingdoms, things were just a little bit different... Please use this story prompt and photo to inspire your own creative short story.… Continue reading Story Prompt #17

Tips and Tricks, writing

5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule

Writing isn't easy. I think most writers will agree with me. Some days, words seem to fly from your fingers and other times, you stare at the screen blankly. I get it. One of the best ways to combat that is to have some sort of writing schedule. Now, this should be extremely customizable to… Continue reading 5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule

Tips and Tricks, WordSmith Musings, writing

5 Tips for Writing About Covid-19

It seems like everywhere I turn this past week, someone is writing about Covid-19. And I get it, there's a lot to figure out and understand in this unprecedented time. People's lives are being changed, whether they now have children at home for the next few weeks or they are working remote or their college… Continue reading 5 Tips for Writing About Covid-19

Original Work, WordSmith Musings, writing

Twisted Tales: Writing a Fairy Tale

The classic fairy tales we grew up with have a place inside my heart. I love them and I've really come to love the new renditions of them in twisted tales. Some of my favorites include The Lunar Chronicles, Beastly, Spinning Silver, and Ella Enchanted. They each tell tales we have heard before, but they… Continue reading Twisted Tales: Writing a Fairy Tale

Book Review, Tips and Tricks, WordSmith Musings, writing

Five Great YA Book Series To Get Lost In

I love a great written series of books where I get to follow the characters, fall in love with them, and see a much larger journey than any stand alone book can give. BUT, I hesitate to start series I don't know much about because they can be some big time commitments and, by the… Continue reading Five Great YA Book Series To Get Lost In

Book Review, WordSmith Musings, writing

Whatcha Reading? The Fellowship of the Ring: LOTR

I love a good adventure as much as the next gal but The Lord of the Rings series has to be one of the most well-known ones of all-time. Somehow, despite having watched the movies a dozen times, I've never actually read the books. My husband and some close friends have and finally I decided… Continue reading Whatcha Reading? The Fellowship of the Ring: LOTR

Sunday Story Segment, writing

Hero : Asena Ch. 13

Feel free to check out the earlier chapters of Asena first.    “What are you doing here?” I asked. My eyes were wide and my hands balled into fists. This could not be happening. Not now.  “Can’t I just stop by?” he asked, his charming grin that had let him pull a thousand cons sliding… Continue reading Hero : Asena Ch. 13