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

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

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

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

Sunday Story Segment, writing

Bluffing : Asena Ch. 12

The next chapter in Asena is here and the spunky detective has some surprises in store for her! It has been a while since the latest update so feel free to check out the earlier chapters of Asena first.    My office usually felt like a second home. I had slept here many nights and… Continue reading Bluffing : Asena Ch. 12

WordSmith Musings, writing

Looking for an affordable and experienced editor for your novel?

Writing is a long and difficult process. So when you make it to the end and finally have a finished draft of your novel, there will be a huge sense of relief...and confusion. What does the next step look like? Now that you've got this done, how do you keep going? Most likely, you want… Continue reading Looking for an affordable and experienced editor for your novel?

Sunday Story Segment, writing

Asena Ch. 11: Information

Hello dear readers. It's been a while since we've dived into Asena's life. Here's a quick recap of the first ten chapters. After discovering Francis, the thief who stole from Marlene, dead at his hotel, Marlene proves that she has great observational skills and deduces it was murder. With a solid lead that someone with… Continue reading Asena Ch. 11: Information

WordSmith Musings, writing

Learning to Write Again

I've been writing for years, so the idea of teaching myself the habit of writing seemed ridiculous. But, that is currently the dilemma I'm facing. As any author knows, writing changes over your lifetime. There are times where you can sit down and write for eight hours straight. And then there's times where you fit… Continue reading Learning to Write Again