On Saturday evening, I was scrolling through some of the blogs I follow and noticed that Aspasía S. Bissas posted her responses to the Sunshine Blogger Award. In true rebel spirit (which I definitely appreciate) she chose not to alert the bloggers that she nominated, so it was a fun surprise when I made it to her list and found my own name! So, thanks for the nomination, Aspasía!
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Sneak Peak of Debut Novel: Pieces of Pink
On March 8th, 2020, I will be releasing my first novel, "Pieces of Pink," and I am absolutely ecstatic. I've been living with this project for a while now, and with the end in sight, I think it's finally time to let you know exactly what kind of book you're in for.
An Ideal Writing Day
When it comes to writing, we all have an idea of what our ideal writing day would look like. Of course, it's rare that we actually get to enjoy such a perfect day -- most of the time, we just squeeze our writing in where we can -- but hey, we can dream!
Get SMART: 5 Steps to Meet Your Writing Goals
Whether you're participating in the official NaNoWriMo or not, November is National Novel Writing Month, and for many people, that means setting a writing goal and sticking with it. Of course, by mid-November, more than a few people have fallen off the bandwagon, or maybe even missed the boat all together.
Fatalities of Fiction: How to Kill Your Characters
When it comes to writing fiction, death is often inevitable. No, I don't mean writing fiction will kill you, I mean eventually, you will have to write the death of a beloved -- or despised -- character, and sometimes, your fictional fatalities will have far-reaching consequences for the rest of your novel or series.
A Recipe for Russian Tea and Writing
The change of seasons is always bittersweet -- especially around the first snowfall -- and for writers especially, it's nice to have a warm beverage that matches your mood! So, in honor of the first little snow flurry (and the death of my poor garden) I've decided to share my Mom's recipe for Russian Tea.
5 Easy Tricks for Writing Believable Dialogue
Although we speak every day, writing believable dialogue can be surprisingly difficult. From fluidity, to speech tags, to punctuation, there are many pitfalls when it comes to annotating your characters' spoken words. Luckily, I have a few easy tricks to help you get by!
NaNoWriMo 2019: Ready, Set, Write!
This month, hundreds of thousands of writers will sit down (or stand up, or sprawl out) and try to pump out 50,000 words in 30 days; and we call this masochism NaNoWriMo. Try to write as much as you can ... before morale fades. My Game Plan To be honest, I'm going to be a… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019: Ready, Set, Write!
Trigger Warnings: Should We Include Them?
Over the past few years, trigger warnings have become a pervasive topic of discussion in higher education and pop culture; and as I've worked to finish revisions on my novel, Pieces of Pink, the question of their efficacy has crossed my mind more than once.
Drafting Your Novel: The Netflix Road Trip
When it comes to life, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants. Of course, I'm capable of making plans and holding myself accountable (it would be almost impossible to work from home if I weren't) but when it's time to get down to plot, I tend to let my characters take the… Continue reading Drafting Your Novel: The Netflix Road Trip