This week I decided to say, "Screw it!" to finishing my first draft. I compiled what I had and converted it to an eBook format for my Kindle, and for the past week, I've been reading it and making notes on what needs to be fixed. And oh, boy, is there A LOT that needs… Continue reading My Book is Now on Kindle! (Sort of…)
Last November, I won NaNoWriMo for the first time in years and years of trying. I walked into the month with just shy of 50k in Dragontouched, the novel I've been working on for way too long, and at the end of November, I wracked up another 50k to round that out to a solid… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Burned Me Out
I officially submitted my resignation as a teacher today. I'm finishing out the school year--for my students, for my team, and for myself--so I still have a few months to go, but I'm not coming back after this school year. I've given six years of my life to this profession, and leaving is incredibly bittersweet.… Continue reading I Quit My Job Today
Over the past two years, I have gone through a massive transformation in my writing process as an author. I've spent years (not gonna lie, probably close to a decade by now) working on the same story--writing and rewriting and cutting words and writing some more. The story is nowhere close to my original idea,… Continue reading Back to My Blogging Roots
I really need to work on writing fluency. That's what I discovered last month. It was a decent writing month, and I hit the goals that I set for myself (mostly), but every time I wrote, I kept struggling with how long I could actually sit down and concentrate on writing. So that's what I've decided I'm going to focus on for April, and in fact, the rest of the year. I'm going to experiment and try different strategies other writers recommend to help build writing fluency.
What a month. It's the shortest month of the year, but between teacher burnout and the Texas Snowpocalypse of 2021, it easily felt like the longest month. Understandably, I didn't get much writing in for February. I started the month off with 36,504 words and ended with a whopping 36,828. That's a grand total of… Continue reading February Writing Wrap Up
Every single writer I’ve ever met or seen online has at one point or another berated themselves for how they’re not writing enough. I know I’ve done my fair share of it. Although I've gotten better at it, it's something I still struggle with, especially this year when I had so much time on my… Continue reading How to Guard Your Creative Energy