Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018 Hey! Happy 2nd Day of 2018! I was looking through my old Amazon purchases and some of the first things I bought on Amazon were books. Want to know what I bought? One book on perfection and two books on procrastination.   That says a lot about me!   I've come a long way since then. And 2017 was a big year. Not only did I finally let other people read my work, but I also published a novel! The first serious novel I wrote was back in 2009, but I could never bring myself to publish it or let anyone read it. It needed so much editing, at least in my mind, and I didn't know where to begin.   Fast forward to 2017 and I finally have a novel I'm proud of. Having my name splashed across a book cover is a big deal for me, and I don't take it lightly. Is my novel perfect? No. I accept that it...
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What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream?

What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream?

What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream? It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write novels. Ever since I watched my sister brainstorm story ideas when I was a young girl, I've wanted to write. Every year, I dabbled in story and novel writing, sometimes writing crummy but complete first drafts and more often than not writing incomplete manuscripts. Aside from them being incomplete, I had no idea where to begin editing them – they needed so much work. But in late 2016, I started getting serious about studying and practicing the craft of writing. I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old, and I started writing and editing professionally in 2008. But it really wasn’t until I devoted time and effort to honing my novel writing skills that I started seeing drastic improvements in my abilities. That’s not to say my writing is perfect. It’s not. I need to keep developing my skills. But I’ve gotten...
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The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres

The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres

The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres Writing can take us anywhere we want to go. The fun part about writing is that it allows us to explore other worlds. It allows us to study human behavior and the human mind. To get into the minds of our characters and figure out what makes them tick, what keeps them up at night, and what goals they're desperate to achieve and why. But it gets really fun when we try out other genres and explore new topics. I write a variety of genres for nearly the full spectrum of age groups, from middle-grade fiction for ages 9 to 12 to young adult for teenagers (and other YA fans) to adult fiction. And from literary and contemporary coming-of-age stories to speculative science fiction and psychological thrillers. When I started writing as a kid, naturally I wrote about kids and I always thought I'd write for children and teenagers. But then I reached my...
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