Special Announcement!

Special Announcement!

Special Announcement! Let's break out the champagne! It's time to celebrate! Shattered, my YA speculative thriller, is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback! I am beyond thrilled to have Marris’ story sent out to the world, and I truly hope readers fall in love with the story like I did. So, what’s it about? Here’s a little description: Only through death… do you learn the truth. Marris Sheffield, a fifteen-year-old orphan living in a late 21st century academy for unwanted children, is just three years away from phasing out of the program and becoming a valuable member of society. Until then, she’s stuck within the confines of the academy’s heavily fortified grounds. All is going as expected… until the kids become sick with an undisclosed illness and then a series of deaths occur, deaths which lead Marris and others to question the academy’s agenda. Rumors have made the rounds. Rumors about the screams coming from the basement. Rumors about what the academy does inside...
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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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7 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Goals Are SMART Writing Goals

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Goals Are SMART Writing Goals

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Goals Are SMART Writing Goals When it comes to goal setting, writers are generally ambitious, especially at the beginning of a new year, but yet they skip an important step in defining their writing goals. This step is incredibly important for seeing our goals to the finish line because without a clear, defined plan for each goal, it’s going to be hard to achieve it in a timely manner, if at all. That’s why making sure your writing goals are SMART writing goals is so important. SMART goals are ones that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and trackable. There are other synonyms associated with the acronym as well, but we’ll use these for this article. So, here are some ways writers can create SMART writing goals… 1. Choose the right goals. If you’re trying to accomplish something you really don’t care about, enthusiasm for the goal is going to run out. When deciding on your goals, be honest...
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