Tag: novel

What My (non-writer) Friend Taught Me About Writing

My friend Karee does something I’ve never seen anyone do before. When she gets her mug from the cupboard, she doesn’t pour the coffee right away (like I do…because I’m a desperate person, I am). She lets hot water run from her faucet, filling…

Making Do With What You’ve Got

Each year my city holds a ginormous art festival/competition/exhibit called ArtPrize. Over 1,500 pieces of art fill various pockets of Grand Rapids in restaurants, museums, parks, bars, churches, etc. Folks come from all over the world to check out the art. I’m fortunate enough…

Doing Work

My buddy Mitch* called me a “Writing Machine” the other day. Can I tell you, I don’t mind that title at all? Because I don’t. It’s flattering. It made me giggle a little. Then I felt like a non-writing machine because I was messing…

Pearl Louise at Age 7

 This is a picture of my grandma. Pearl Louise. I’d guess she’s about 7 years old in this picture. The same age as my daughter. This picture must have been taken in 1922. Good golly. That seems like a lot of years. 91 of…

Smell Ya Later, NaNoWriMo

I made the official call. I’m not going to “win” NaNoWriMo this year. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a great thing, this writing a novel in a month thing. I did it last year and that novel releases in February. But,…

5 Ways to “Fake It Till You Make It” — Novelist Edition

Yesterday I posted the following status on my novelist fan page (like me, please…) “The more time I spend writing novels, the more I realize I have NO idea what I’m doing. Isn’t that hilarious?”  So, I thought I’d let you in on 5…

Torturing the Characters

Make sure you check out the give-away on Wednesday’s post. Click HERE. Conflict is essential to story. If the character in a story gets what she wants with absolutely no opposition…well…that, my good friends, is a very boring story. No one grows. No one…

Feeling the Love

We’re just about a week away from Valentine’s Day. Yes, sir/ma’am. The conversation hearts are flying and cupid is getting his bow ready. Love is in the air. So is the flu bug. So, be sure that what you’re getting is love before you…

Reading From Paint Chips

First of all, Congratulations To Kelly Haven! You won the super awesome, amazing, fun prize pack from Amelia Rhodes! Second, I want to try another new thing here at the old blog. I have had the privilege  of sitting in on readings, hearing an author read…

Day 14 — The End is Near

The end is near. Wait. What are YOU talking about? No…I’m not talking about Mayan Calendar or the Zombie Apocalypse. Dude, I’m talking about my novel. The end is near. I’m closing in on the end. I only have 3,650 words left to hit the 50,000…

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