• Tools for Writers
    Journal,  Writing

    Tools for Writers

    In the field of writing, there are so many tools out there for you to choose from. One could get lost in the sea of information, systems, and apps that are available to help those aspiring to write, edit, research and more. As you journey on this path to becoming a great author, you will try all the things to get down a system for yourself. Writing programs, apps, the dreaded editing (unless you like edits, then contact me because I hate them with a passion) revising, and more. What you find is that some things that work for others, will not work for you. Each of us has our…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Our Traditions… What are yours?

    Traditions Traditions are everywhere during the holidays and we are no exception. Though some may find our traditions silly or unique, they are ours and we will continue them for years to come; passing them to our children and our children’s children. What Are They? Well, I’ve touched on this as well as reasons for and the importance of traditions in another post you can find HERE. Today I want to tell you about a few we have in our family and I would love, love, LOVE to hear some of yours so comment below or send me a message!! Reason For Our Traditions Honestly, some of our traditions started…

  • 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…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Motivation

    With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, many are looking for motivation to get started writing, continue writing, or to even come up with an idea for their project. Today I’d like to go through some ways you can gain motivation for your writing. But first… you know me, let’s take a look at the word Motivation. WIKI The reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs One’s direction to behavior What causes a person to want to repeat a behavior Dictionary Providing with a reason to act in a certain way The reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way The general desire or willingness of someone to…

  • 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…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    Discover

    This weeks word is Discover. What does it mean to discover? Well, let’s take a look before getting into some other aspects of the word. What is Discover? Dictionary to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown) to notice or realize Archaic. to make known; reveal; disclose. WIKI To find or learn something for the first time. To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.). To expose, uncover. To create by moving a piece out of another piece’s line of attack. To reveal (information); to divulge, make known. To reconnoitre, explore (an area). To manifest without…

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    September’s Writing Theme: Favorite Character, Power, Creature, Etc.

    Most of us have favorites: Our favorite food, our favorite drink, favorite candy, movie, song, etc. This month’s theme is to write about your favorite. Your favorite character, your favorite power they have, your favorite creature, or anything of that nature. Read my example below and comment!!   Example: This one is actually really hard for me because I don’t have favorites. If you ever asked me my favorite thing, I would tell you I don’t have one. My daughter asks me that all the time. “Mom, what’s your favorite movie.” I’ll say ‘Dragons’ just so she’ll have something. My kids know I LOVE “How to Train Your Dragon”, but then I think…

  • 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…