• Journal,  Writing

    Favorite Writer/Author Gifts

    It’s that time of year again where everyone is struggling to find the perfect gift or perhaps you haven’t even begun to think about the holidays. Well, I’m here to give you a hand. I’ve written about Writer Gifts before and you can check those out here, but I feel I should add to that with some new items Writers and Authors may like as well as book lovers! Us authors would be nowhere without our lovely readers that keep us sane and encourage us to continue providing fantastic stories! Note: This post may contain affiliate links. This just means that I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost…

  • Journal,  Writing Fun!

    October’s Writing Theme: NaNoWriMo!

    It’s getting to be that time of year again! That time when aspiring and published authors alike bunker down to hammer out another novel in 30 days. Drinking caffeinated beverages and staring at a screen for hours and days on end, typing until their fingers get tired. Yep, you guessed it! NaNoWriMo is back and authors all over are preparing to sit and write that first, fourth, or eighteenth novel and I say “Way to go! I will be right there with you!” Though we may not write for the same genre or be in the same state, you know there are others like you trying to get that piece…

  • Journal

    Ways to Plot a Novel

    There are plenty of ways to plot a novel and the way each author plots is completely up to them. Every author is different with different thoughts and ways of organizing them. The way I plot could be, and probably is completely different from the way others plot their novels. Plotting your novel is unique and special process each author must discover for themselves. This is where one process doesn’t fit all. When deciding how to plot your novel, there are many processes to choose from. Plot Structures: Character – Driven Your characters are the main reason the story moves along. Their motivation and drive to complete their mission, journey…

  • Journal,  Writing

    What is a Story?

    As I sit here typing this, I originally had a different topic to provide, but while reading a few nights ago, this came to mind and stuck so there has been a little change in topic for this post. Let’s get to it. What Is a Story~ A story is a depiction of a character’s journey as they pursue an object, person, act of revenge, etc. while battling obstacles and challenges along the way. Stories are here to entertain, educate, inspire and intrigue the masses with their tales of wonder, adventure, creative learning, and more. No matter what type of story created, there is someone out there ready to read…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Events For Readers

    As an author I am alway thinking of ways to engage my readers, to give back to those who support and read my work. Well today I wanted to give you, the reader, more than just books to read. After doing a quick search, I realized there are so many events for readers and writers alike and I want to share some with you. Conferences: Title: Readers & Writers Locations: Seattle, WA & Tampa, FL Dates: July 14 (WA) & August 25 (FL) About: Meet Authors and Models from all over the world with an after party to enjoy For More Information:readerswritersevents.com Title: Penned Con Locations: St. Louis, MO Dates: Sept 20-22 About: Keynote Speakers, informative panels,…

  • Journal,  Writing

    My Progress so Far…

    One quarter gone… Where did the time go? We are now one quarter of the way through the year and I thought it would be a good time to review my goals and see where my progress is at. So let’s get right into it… Books Publish 3 Novels by 12/31 I would like to say that I am progressing here, but it is definitely slow going as I am in the process of revising book one of the Conquer the Darkness Series due to a publishing conflict. Book 4 is still in the editing stages due to the revision of book one Book 5 is being written, though slower…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    How Writing is Like a Puzzle

    I received the best birthday gift from my husband last month and after putting it together I thought about how it relates to writing. Obviously, from the title you would guess what it is my husband got me, but you’re probably thinking, “Really, Kelly? You couldn’t possibly be that excited over a puzzle.” Well, I am about to prove you wrong. This wasn’t just any puzzle. It was a 1000 piece Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band – A mystery jigsaw puzzle. This was the best gift because for one, I love Sherlock Holmes and two, not only was it a puzzle; it contained the story and required you to…

  • Journal,  Writing

    My 2018 Goals

    It’s getting to be the end of the year and I’ve been working on plans for next year. While thinking of what I really wanted to do with my business and how I want to move forward with my books, I find myself realizing that my goals from last year were… well, dull. Though they fit my business there was really no depth to them and to the business itself. If I want to make writing my career, I need to be more specific and defined with my goals for my business and my books. My thoughts here are to keep myself accountable to my goals and my business by…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Planning for 2018

    No affiliate links or bribes were accepted while planning or writing of this post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely those of the author from their experience. This year has been a year of learning, change, forging on over mountains with determination and falling to valleys of procrastination. With the year a few months to a close, I have decided to begin planning 2018 sooner rather than later. With my form of planning and always wanting the shiny new ‘thing’, I decided shortly into the year to go back to some programs and implement others that have worked well for me the last few months. Planning Start First of all, I’ve signed…